Good Morning Hawks Nation! As promised, here is the final installment of a series called "Hawks Drafts". With draft being here I wanted to look back at last years NBA draft and see what the Hawks did. With the 21st pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select DeAndre Bembry out of St. Joseph's University. Mr. Fear the Fro got drafted last year and came to the organization with a ton of energy. A forward/guard DeAndre did not see a ton of minutes this season as he shared time with THJ, Korver, Bazemore, Sefolosha, Prince, and Dunleavy. Bembry averaged 2.7 points per game in the 38 games he played this season. His season high in points was 10, recorded twice during the season (he also played more minutes in these games). As stated earlier, Bembry brings a ton of energy to the team, and for sure still has some learning to do and room to improve. With as much going on as there was this last season and with limited minutes, I just hope he gets to develop over the summer in the summer league and just work on crafting his shot and his role on the team. With the 44th pick in the NBA draft, the Hawks select Isaia Cordinier out of France. Isaia is a guard who never came to play for the NBA this past season as he signed a one year deal with a French team after the NBA Summer League was over. The Hawks still retain his draft rights, but from what I have read, he still needs to improve as he is not doing so well over seas. With the 54th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Hawks select Kay Felder out of Oakland University. Kay was drafted by the Hawks and then traded the same night to the Cavs for $2.4 million in cash. Did we loose someone that turned out to be great? Well not really, Kay only played 44 games for the Cavs and averaged 4 points per game. He spent most of the season in multiple assignments in the D-League. So there you have it folks, after all that we ended up with Bembry, a prospect overseas, and cash. Was it the best draft ever...no. Was it
Whats up Hawks Nation? I am giving a big birthday shout out to former Hawks guard, Mario West, who turned 33 today! Some of you may be asking, who is Mario West? Mario is a local talent who played high school ball in Douglas County and collegiately at Georgia Tech. Mario went un-drafted in the 2007 NBA Draft but was quickly signed by the Atlanta Hawks. Floor time was limited for Mario in his first two seasons, and then in his third season in 2009-10, he spent half of it in the D-League. He only played 156 games in his 3 seasons with Atlanta, averaging 0.8 points and 4.4 minutes per game. Mario was not known for his offensive production, nor was he a dynamic defender. West was a solid defender and a player who would out-hustle anyone else. From everything I have read and seen about Mario West, he gets noticed for the work he put night in and night out. What Mario lacked in numbers production, he made up for in his work ethic and hustle on the court, he would not back down from anyone and square up as best he could with even the elite in the NBA. Mario was the guy on the team that pushed everyone and motivated them to practice and play harder. I think no matter what his numbers are, this type of player is needed on every team, a player with no fear in him and will give 110% no matter what. Off the court Mario is a great person who still to this day volunteers at local hospitals, aids in helping kids at basketball camps, and does some great community out reach. He is looked up to as a great speaker and motivator, philanthropist and he even an author as he wrote a book entitled "Defend the Dream" a book about how to achieve your goals in life and how to overcome obstacles in life in order to defend that dream. Seems like Mario is a very down to earth person with a big heart. I am glad he is part of Hawks history. Happy Birthday Mario! As always, Stay True Atlanta!
Good morning Hawks Nation! I want to wish all the fathers out there in Hawks Nation and all over the world a Happy Father's day! Here is a little tribute to two father son duo's of the Atlanta Hawks currently: Tim Hardaway Sr. and Tim Hardaway Jr. Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Mike Dunleavy Jr. Tim Hardaway Sr. and Mike Dunleavy Sr. are both former players and coaches at some level in the NBA and are fathers to these Atlanta Hawks players. Tim Hardaway Sr. and Mike Dunleavy Sr. both coached against their son's but never played professionally with them in an NBA season. Well... Incase you wanted to see a THJ Sr. vs THJ Jr. , I made a little edit of that. I could not find a good rendering of Mike Dunleavy Sr. since he played back in mid 70s-late 80s so pictures are hard to come by, and Dunleavy Jr. only played around a half a season with Atlanta so not many specific pictures I could use either. Well there you have it everyone. I hope you enjoy this! Happy Fathers Day! #atlanta#atlantahawks#hawks#atl#l#truetoatlanta#true2atlanta#staytrueatlanta#atlhawksnation#nba#atlantahawksnation#timhardaway#timhardawayjr#thj#mikedunleavyjr#mikedunleavysr#happyfathersday @timmyjr10