The Hawks released forward/center Keith Benson and guard Isma’il Muhammad Thursday, trimming their training camp roster to 17 players.
Benson (6-foot-11, 230 pounds) was a second-round draft pick of the Hawks (48th overall) in 2011. After being waived by the Hawks, he signed a 10-day contract with the Warriors and appeared in three games. He also appeared in 20 games with Sioux Falls of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.
Benson had 10 points and two rebounds playing 10 minutes of Wednesday’s exhibition against the Spurs.
“I’ve been a lot more aggressive,” Benson told the AJC early in training camp. “I’ve worked on my overall game, my shooting, my defense. I think I’m stronger and am an improved player from last year.
“I came in for some workouts and they were impressed with my workouts. They liked what I did in summer league. I’m just trying to build on that.”
Muhammad (6-6, 228) played at W.D. Mohammed High and Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He has played professionally in Iceland, France, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, New Zealand and Venezuela.
Muhammad had one point and two assists in 12 minutes against the Spurs.
“They expect me to do what I have been doing the last few years – defend my butt off, play hard, play with energy, attack the glass and rebound and when I get the opportunity finish above the rim,” Muhammad said last week.
Coach Larry Drew said earlier this week he was not sure when the team would start trimming its roster. He has said that 19 players were too many to get into exhibition games. The team must trim its roster to 15 players by 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.
- Chris Vivlamore
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