The Atlanta Hawks are all in on their young point guards this season. They waited veteran backup Jarrett Jack today, leaving Dennis Schroder without an experienced backup heading into his first season as a starter.
Jack never saw the court or even contact drills during training camp, coming back from a knee surgery that ended his 2015-16 season as the starter in Brooklyn after just 32 games. He was signed during free agency after the Hawks traded All-Star Jeff Teague to Indiana and elevated Schroder into the starting role.
The Hawks have Malcolm Delaney as Schroder’s backup with Will Bynum and Josh Magette, the only other point guards on the training camp roster, both long shots to make the the team with the Hawks needing to make two more cuts to get to the 15 player limit by the Oct. 26 deadline for final opening day rosters.
Jack, who has played on six teams during his 11 NBA seasons, will have a chance to get fully healthy and search out a roster spot elsewhere. The Hawks aren't the only team with shaky point guard depth heading into this season; the Cleveland Cavaliers certainly being a team that could be interested in a veteran like Jack.
The move is more curious for the Hawks, who are taking a significant risk to start this season with so little depth and experience at a position of such importance. Schroder’s confidence is sky-high, it’s one of the things that has fueled his rise, but Delaney has never played regular season minutes in the NBA. And he’s more shooting guard than he is point guard, based on the way he's been used throughout his career internationally.
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