Player News - Hawks

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The Hawks sent Andrew White III back to the G League on Thursday.

He had a big NBA debut on Wednesday with 15 points, two boards, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 17 minutes. The Hawks holding Ersan Ilyasova and Kent Bazemore out for that game explains the playing time, so White will likely need more team DNPs to make an impact.
Feb 15 - 5:18 PM

Dewayne Dedmon cooled off vs. the Pistons on Wednesday with eight points, seven rebounds, and zero assists, steals or blocks in 25 minutes.

How much did the Hawks miss their three absent starters? Atlanta opened this game 1-of-16 from beyond the arc, finishing a miserable 6-of-33 from distance. Dedmon also failed to connect on three attempts from deep, but fantasy owners should hold tight -- he was coming off two strong double-doubles, and had notched at least one steal and one block in five straight games.
Feb 14 - 10:00 PM

Tyler Dorsey made his first NBA start on Wednesday, posting nine points on 4-of-11 shooting, six assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes of action.

The Hawks were missing multiple key pieces tonight, and they turned to a starting lineup of Dorsey, Malcolm Delaney, Taurean Prince, John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon. It was a solid effort from Dorsey, who added one steal, one 3-pointer and just one turnover. He's worth keeping an eye on but isn't a pickup with DeAndre' Bembry lurking and Kent Bazemore (rest) healthy.
Feb 14 - 9:58 PM

Isaiah Taylor led the Hawks' second unit on Wednesday with 13 points, seven assists and one rebound, making 6-of-9 shots in 25 minutes.

Taylor was aided by the absence of Dennis Schroder (back) and Kent Bazemore (rest), of course, but he's worth monitoring as we head toward March. The Hawks have lost six of their past seven road games and have the East's worth record, so they have plenty of incentive to feed minutes to guys like Taylor, Malcolm Delaney, DeAndre' Bembry and Tyler Dorsey.
Feb 14 - 9:56 PM

John Collins started on Wednesday and picked up 11 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes, marking his seventh double-double of the season.

Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder) and Tyler Cavanaugh (right ankle) were both unavailable tonight, which really opened up the frontcourt. Ilyasova's presence is a nuisance but the Hawks are incentivized to lose games down the stretch, and developing Collins should soon take precedence over getting Ersan minutes. Before tonight, the rookie hadn't played 30+ minutes since Nov. 22.
Feb 14 - 9:55 PM

Malcolm Delaney started on Wednesday and finished with 11 points (3-of-9 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), seven assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

Dennis Schroder was out with a back injury but it doesn't sound serious, and he now gets the entire All-Star break to convalesce. There could be more opportunities for Delaney late in the season, so file this performance away for future reference.
Feb 14 - 9:54 PM

Tyler Dorsey will start against the Pistons on Wednesday.

His minutes took a hit on Tuesday night because of DeAndre Bembry getting run last night, but this time he should be able to get close to 30 with Kent Bazemore and Ersan Ilyasova not playing tonight. Dorsey's upside isn't too high and most of his contributions will be as a shooter, but he's worth a stream or DFS punt.
Feb 14 - 5:47 PM

Malcolm Delaney, Tyler Dorsey, Taurean Prince, John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon will start Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

The Hawks are missing three of their five starters, so Prince figures to be extremely busy on offense, while guys like Delaney, Dorsey and Collins could be worth punting in DFS. Delaney hasn't been great in his previous two starts this season, owning averages of 8.0 points, 2.5 dimes and 1.5 steals per game, although per nbawowy.com, his usage does jump to 21.4 when Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore and Ersan Ilyasova are off the floor.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: John Collins owns a 1.04 FPPM (fantasy points per minute) rate with Schroder, Bazemore and Ilyasova plus all non-rotation members off the floor this season, and in that same split, Malcolm Delaney averages 0.88 and Tyler Dorsey is sitting on 0.70. Mike Muscala, who will provide depth at PF/C, owns a 0.78 rate.
Feb 14 - 5:45 PM

John Collins will start Wednesday against the Pistons.

The Hawks have played him at more power forward these days and he'll get a date against Blake Griffin. Collins has seen more late minutes these days, but he does have some fouling concerns and that's a big reason why his minutes haven't gone up too much with Miles Plumlee out of the rotation. While the minutes haven't busted out yet, it's only a matter of time before he starts to see consistent playing time. He'll be a popular DFS play.
Feb 14 - 5:44 PM

Kent Bazemore (rest) will not play Wednesday vs. Detroit.

Dennis Schroder (back) and Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder) have also been ruled out of Wednesday night's game, leaving the Hawks thin at guard and on the wing. Taurean Prince, DeAndre Bembry and Tyler Dorsey should all see a significant increase in playing time. Dorsey may draw the start in place of Bazemore.
Feb 14 - 1:20 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder) will not play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

The shorthanded Hawks will also be without Dennis Schroder (back) and Kent Bazemore (rest) on Wednesday. John Collins should see a significant uptick in minutes. He's an intriguing DFS option on Wednesday night. Mike Muscala should see plenty of additional minutes as well.
Feb 14 - 1:19 PM

Dennis Schroder (back), Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder), Kent Bazemore (rest), Tyler Cavanaugh (right ankle) have all been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons.

The Hawks have begun to shift into 'tank mode,' sitting their two leading scorers the day before the All-Star break begins. Schroder popped up on the injury report with lower back stiffness last week, but hasn't missed a game since before Christmas. With Schroder sidelined, Malcolm Delaney and Isaiah Taylor will divvy up minutes at point guard. Schroder will likely be good to go next week, but could be sporadically rested over the second half of the season.
Feb 14 - 1:04 PM

John Collins played 23 minutes and hit 2-of-5 shots for four points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks on Monday.

Ersan Ilyasova is still starting and has gotten about 28 minutes in each of his last three games, but that could be coming to a halt after the All-Star break. It's not set in stone, and Ilyasova could continue to fluster Collins owners, but the Hawks know what Ilyasova can do and need to develop Collins. Hang in there with him and look for him to eventually render Ilyasova useless at some point in the near future.
Feb 13 - 10:43 PM

Kent Bazemore hit 6-of-15 shots and four 3-pointers for 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and a block in 29 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.

Bazemore had a six-point dud last Thursday but has played well in each of his last three games, scoring in double figures in each of them and averaging 3.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.0 3-pointers. He's not shooting it very well (11-of-32), but the counting stats are adding up.
Feb 13 - 10:40 PM

Dewayne Dedmon started again and hit 5-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes in Tuesday's 97-92 loss to the Bucks.

Not only has Dedmon started the last two games, sending Miles Plumlee (maybe permanently) to the bench, but he's double-doubled in both of them and has quietly buried at least one 3-pointer in nine straight. It looks like he might stick in the starting five the rest of the way and he's been pretty brilliant in his last two, averaging 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers. Go get him if he's available in your league.
Feb 13 - 10:36 PM


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