Hawks Notes: Howard, Bembry, Rookies

The Hawks head into training camp with 16 players under guaranteed or substantially guaranteed contracts and 15 roster spots available, and coach Mike Budenholzer believes that’s a good thing, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution relays in a Q&A.

“It feels like, watching the team and watching the players through September and all the individual workouts, and other things we do, it just feels like it’s set up for a really competitive camp, from top to bottom, everywhere you look,” Budenholzer said.

Here’s more out of Atlanta:

  • Dwight Howard‘s physicality will be a welcomed addition to Atlanta because it brings an element to the team that may have been missing, Budenholzer said, per Vivlamore, in the same piece.
  • Hawks small forward DeAndre Bembry eyes this year’s Rookie of the Year award and is a newcomer that should be able to provide an immediate impact, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders writes.
  • The Hawks actually bring in three rookies with the signing of Malcolm Delaney and first-round draft picks Bembry and Taurean Prince, and Delaney, who played five years overseas, should see a large role early on, Vivlamore writes in a separate story.

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