The Atlanta Hawks have lost both of their games at the Utah Summer League, 103-88 to Memphis on Monday and 103-81 earlier tonight to San Antonio- but there is one Hawks player in particular that is making the most of his summer. Second-year guard and 2017 second round draft pick Tyler Dorsey is averaging 16 points and six rebounds per game through the two games.
Dorsey, who has also played an average of 28 minutes during Summer League play, is looking to find a spot in first-year head coach Lloyd Pierce’s rotation after playing in 56 games (starting five of those games late in the season) under then head coach and now current Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer. By all accounts Dorsey, a Pasadena, Califonia native and former University of Oregon Duck, had a productive rookie season, averaging 7.2 points per game.
Against the Spurs Dorsey scored 14 points on 5-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds. In the first game of the summer against Memphis on Monday he scored 18 points (4-13 FGs) with seven rebounds.
The Atlanta Hawks rebuild is going to need a player like Dorsey, who is experienced, under a rookie contract and able to both score and defend at the guard position. In a mid-second quarter interview with NBA TV reporter Kristen Kenney Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk said, “We made the decision last year to kind of hit the reset button.” The “reset”, rebuild or whatever you want to call it has officially begun with the Hawks appearance in the Utah Summer League and despite the 0-2 start there’s something to be happy about. Tyler Dorsey is looking more and more like a player Pierce and Schlenk can count on coming into the 2018-19 season.
Atlanta is off tomorrow and will be back in action on Thursday against host Utah.