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Hawks leave Summer League with optimism as draft selections excel in Vegas

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The Atlanta Hawks may have ended their Summer League adventure with a defeat against the New York Knicks – a game where Jalen Johnson and Skylar Mays did not feature, and Sharife Cooper operating below his normal standards – and while their record shows 2-3 the Hawks leave Las Vegas with great optimism, particularly surrounding their draft selection: Johnson and Cooper, as well as returnee Mays.

Starting with Johnson, he averaged 19 points per game on 57.4% shooting from the field, 41% from three on three attempts per game, 81% from the line on 2.8 attempts to go along with 9.5 rebounds, two assists, 1.3 blocks and 3.8 turnovers in 28 minutes per game.

Speaking of Cooper, he also really impressed during his stint in Vegas, averaging 14.8 points per game on 46% shooting, 33% shooting from three on 3.8 attempts and 7.3 assists to go with five turnovers per contest in 27 minutes per game.

The buzzer-beater was the icing on the cake of what was already a good game from Cooper, not just scoring-wise – where he put up five threes on the game – but also facilitating the ball.

A quick word on Mays, who initially struggled in the Boston game before beginning to turn his fortunes around from, basically, the start of the second quarter in the Indiana game and Mays continued to raise his bar as the week went on, culminating in a 26 point performance against the Heat.

“His mentality was shifted a little bit the last two games, and that’s good to see,” said Hill of Mays after the Philadelphia loss.

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