The talk of the Atlanta Hawks Summer League has of course been Trae Young. With the all the hype of being a top pick in the draft, Young has been getting media attention the Hawks haven’t received in a while. Young has stepped up his play in Vegas after getting into a slow start in Utah. Behind all the hype he brings, there has been some other player that have impressed on the team as well. These guys will probably play some major minutes for the Hawks this upcoming season. They’re playing to their highest potential right now. Let’s take a look at some of the players.
Tyler Dorsey already showed towards the end of last season what he could bring to the Hawks. It looks like he has gotten even better by the way he’s playing in the Summer League. His 3-point shot has improved from last season, and he’s also bringing something new to the table. Dorsey grabbed 14 rebounds in a game, which was shocking to many people. Dorsey isn’t the biggest player on the court, but he sure is playing like it now. Coach Pierce said that Dorsey had been in the gym since he arrived as the new coach. You can tell all that hard work is paying off.
Should we even be talking about John Collins? Should he had even been playing in the Summer League? It was good to see him out on the court with his new teammates. He showed us a lot of new things as well. We already knew he was a presence in the paint, but he has also shown us his range from deep. Collins had his 3-point stroke going in Vegas, and he looked comfortable doing so. Last year, you can tell when he shot it looked rushed, but now it’s more relaxed and looks nice. He took some hard hits as well, which is probably why he’s not playing anymore.
Jaylen Adams was one of the biggest talks coming into the Hawks Summer League with his play in college. He also started off slow in the summer but has found his groove lately. He scored 23 points in 24 minutes against the Chicago Bulls and shot 8 of 12 from the field. He also played a big part in the Hawks coming back from down 27 in the game against the Indiana Pacers. Adams may be a player to stick around on the Hawks roster this season if he continues to play well.