Josh Magette, Andrew White III, Tyler Cavanaugh, and Jeremy Evans are currently competing for the G-League Championship. Tonight, the Erie Bayhawks face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the single-elimination Eastern Conference semifinal. A win would put them right into the G-League Eastern Confernence Championship series.
Among the Bayhawks starters is Jeremy Hollowell. He finished his college career a year ago down the street from Philips Arena at Georgia State University. Hollowell’s currently averaging 8.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists for Erie. He was taken in the first round of this year’s G-League Draft after attending an open tryout at, you guessed it, Georgia State.
Magette, White, Cavanaugh, and Evans are in the constant rotation of going from Atlanta to Erie, Pennsylvania. White once said on the Hawks’ “Road Trippin’ Podcast” that he once took nine flights in five days transferring from the Atlanta Hawks to the Erie Bayhawks. Magette leads the G-League averaging 10.2 assists per game.
Off the court in Erie
Away from the court, the Bayhawks GM Malik Rose was named the G-League Executive of the Year last week. Rose constructed a team which won its first division title in franchise history. It also made its first postseason appearance in six years.
The team’s head coach Josh Longstaff trained with star forward Kevin Durant during his MVP season with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2014 and with Kristaps Porzingis the season he won the 2017 All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge.
The Atlanta Hawks maybe #Schlenking, but the organization as a whole is still building up its team pitch. The Phillips Arena renovations, a new practice facility, and the Bayhawks moving to College Park in a couple of years are all huge. A G-League champion adds a little more weight to the organization’s case of being on its way back.
Back in Atlanta
Damion Lee is officially a #Leaguer, as the Hawks signed him for the rest of the season this week. Lee is currently averaging 9.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game for Atlanta. He has a bright spot in the Hawks season as a guy who definitely belongs.
The Hawks have slid back into the third-worst record in the league after defeating the Orlando Magic at home on Sunday. Completely irrelevant, but the Magic’s tanking hasn’t worked at all these last six years. Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Mario Hezonja are all serviceable players. Unfortunately for them, nothing just seems to stick.
The bad news is that DeAndre Ayton has publicly come out and said that he’d rather be with the Phoenix Suns. The good news is that the Hawks aren’t the Magic. No one wants to be the Magic and I mean no one.