The Hawks assigned rookies John Jenkins and Mike Scott to the NBA Development League Saturday. They will play with the Bakersfield (Calif.) Jam, the Hawks’ D-League affiliate.
The length of the stay has yet to be determined but it’s very possible they won’t be gone for an extended period of time.
The Hawks do not play again until Wednesday and players are off Saturday and Sunday. The move gives the rookies an opportunity to play, something they have done only on a limited basis this season. Jenkins, the Hawks’ first-round pick (No. 23 overall) has appeared in four games this season and has six points (2-of-7 shooting) in 13 minutes. Scott, the second-round pick (No. 43 overall) has appeared in five games and has two points (1-of-6 shooting) in 16 minutes.
According to a new rule this season, first- and second-year players can have unlimited assignments to the D-League. The prior rule only allowed for a player to be assigned to the league three times.
The Jam serves as the affiliate for the Hawks, Clippers, Suns and Raptors. Rookie Kendall Marshall of the Suns, out of North Carolina, is playing point guard for the Jam after his assignment on Thursday. Damion James and Isma’il Muhammad, who were both in Hawks training camp, are also on the team.
The Jam (2-1) next play on Monday (vs. Santa Cruz) and Tuesday (vs. Los Angeles).
- Chris Vivlamore