Atlanta Hawks: Surprising summer league players

Mar 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Hawks have officially put out their summer league roster and there are the noticeable people on there including, Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry. There are also some names that are looking to surprise some people and make the team for the new season.

The Atlanta Hawks have already started their summer league schedule this week. They will be playing against different teams and trying to figure out who is the best fit to join the team for the start of the season. Many of the rookies and some of the second year players dot the roster, but their are some additions that are surprising the coaches.

The Atlanta Hawks have added pieces and potential players to see if they will be a good fit for the team. With the pickup of Dwight Howard and the resigning of Kent Bazemore in free agency, the Atlanta Hawks will have some decisions on to who they will keep on their team. Let’s look at some of the players who are surprising in summer league so far.

Bryce Cotton

Through the first two games of the summer league, Bryce Cotton has been a nice surprise. The 23 year old from Providence is averaging over 17 points per game. Cotton is also averaging  five rebounds a game. For someone that is only 6’1 and 165 pounds that is above average. Although it is only two games, Cotton continues to show out.

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Cotton is showing the Atlanta Hawks why they do not need to look far for a future back-up point guard for Dennis Schroeder. Cotton has shown that he can hit shots from beyond the arc and he is an above average distributor of the basketball. Those skills translate to the NBA and more specifically to the Atlanta Hawks.

Kevin Pangos

Talk about someone who can shoot the lights out when given the opportunity. Kevin Pangos is garnering attention with his great shooting and ability to create. Pangos is a 6’2 guard from Gonzaga. If there is anything about Mark Few’s players that they don’t lack, it’s basketball IQ.

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Pangos is averaging 14 points a game and around three rebounds a game. In their game against Houston last Friday, Pangos had a team high 16 points. If Pangos is able to continue to shoot at a high clip, he might find himself on the Atlanta Hawks roster when the season starts.


Both of these players have shown that they have the ability and the basketball IQ to help the Atlanta Hawks at the NBA level. It is just a matter of whether the Hawks want to have a roster spot for one of them or both of them.

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I believe that if summer league ended today, that Pangos would get the nod over Cotton because Pangos could play either the point or the shooting guard in the offense and Pangos has been shooting better from beyond the arc. Either way, the Atlanta Hawks have a tough decision coming up.