New Hawks shooting guard Dejounte Murray, a 2022 All-Star while with the Spurs, will help shore up the backcourt’s defense thanks to his abilities to track passes, steal the ball in a variety of ways, and gobble up rebounds at a high rate for his 6’4″ frame, writes John Schuhmann of NBA.com in a detailed analysis of how Murray can help Atlanta right the ship following a disappointing 2021/22 season.
Starting alongside All-Star point guard Trae Young, Murray is a solid driver with the ball, an above-average passer (he averaged 9.2 APG last season), and an effective mid-range jump shooter. Schuhmann notes that Murray struggles as a catch-and-shoot three-point shooter.
There’s more out of Atlanta:
- Hawks shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic has progressed to on-court work in his native Serbia as he continues to rehab following a May right knee surgery, reports Johnny Askounis of Eurohoops. The 6’6″ wing is expected to be able to suit up for the Hawks’ preseason. In the 2021/22 season, Bogdanovic appeared in 63 contests for Atlanta, averaging 14.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, and 1.1 SPG, while posting shooting splits of .431/.368/.843.
- With three players from the Hawks’ NBAGL affiliate club, the College Park Skyhawks, playing on Team USA’s World Cup 12-man qualifying roster in the second round of the America Qualifiers this month, the representation at this level feels to key Skyhawks personnel that Atlanta’s G League club can serve as a development hub for young talent, writes Lauren Williams of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Skyhawks players competing with Team USA are DaQuan Jeffries, Langston Galloway and Malik Ellison. “It validates a lot,” Skyhawks GM Tori Miller said. “Our end goal in College Park, it’s all about staff development and career developments and trying to create a pipeline of talent for the Atlanta Hawks… Knowing that we’re bringing in quality guys into the program, from a character standpoint and also from a talent standpoint, because being selected by Team USA, it’s more than talent, right?”
- In case you missed it, free agent power forward Chris Silva has agreed to a contract with the Hawks, and appears poised to test his mettle in the team’s September training camp.