Atlanta Hawks: Rookies Jenkins, Scott assigned to D-League

Vivlamore reporting.

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

156 comments Add your comment

cdog

December 1st, 2012
12:38 pm

just shows you about larry drews lack of not knowing his players. i agree with scott going to the d-league but john jennings should be playing behind kyle korver.the kid can shoot just like korver or better plus he can defend better without a doubt.i hate the hawks drafted him. with any other team, he would be playing but with drews buddy system, hes trapped on the bench.friday game hopefully showed drews inability to coach and control josh smith as well as danny ferry’s need to trade for a post player who can rebound and block shots.za za pachulia is not the answer. he will lose more games for you than he will win.

tjhook

December 1st, 2012
1:01 pm

Al Horford to the Lakers for Pau Gasol. Submit others to balance it out financially. Gasol 19 mil, Horford 12 mil.

Jody

December 1st, 2012
1:17 pm

Yeah we really need Gasol and the tendonitis in BOTH his knees. Smh.

keith

December 1st, 2012
1:21 pm

If we cannot trade our center and power forward, we need to sign them the Developmental League. If we continue to lose to “scrub teams” like the Cleveland Cavaliers, without their best player, more changes need to be made. John Jenkins should be in our bench rotation, PERIOD!!!

keith

December 1st, 2012
1:24 pm

Would be a great move for the Atlanta Hawks. Pau Gasol to the Hawks for Al Horford and Devin Harris!!!

keith

December 1st, 2012
1:28 pm

cdog
December 1st, 2012
12:38 pm

tjhook
December 1st, 2012
1:01 pm

2 GREAT POSTS!!! OUTSTANDING IDEAS!!! TIME FOR THIS FRANCHISE TO MOVE FORWARD!!!

Section 303

December 1st, 2012
1:44 pm

cdog, you do realize that someone would have to sit in order for Jenkins to play, right? Who are you sitting, so Jenkins gets on the floor.

keith

December 1st, 2012
1:45 pm

CHRIS VIVLAMORE———Who’s has the authority to send players to the D-League in an organization?

keith

December 1st, 2012
1:47 pm

Devin Harris will not be back with the Atlanta

Section 303

December 1st, 2012
1:48 pm

Why the Gasol love? If that trade is made, and I hope it isn’t, the Hawks are not going to trade Horford for that to happen. Never. So, just stop.

I actually get annoyed that everyone (NBA writers) seem to think that the Hawks will just hand over Josh Smith for Gasol. No way. From reports Ferry won’t make that move. Smith is the better player….Horford is better, too. If the Lakers want either guy (and, all the talk is Smith. Not sure where this Horford trade crap comes from), they had better be bringing more than a 30-something year old on the decline to the table.

keith

December 1st, 2012
1:49 pm

keith
December 1st, 2012
1:47 pm

Devin Harris will not be back with the Atlanta Hawks next season. He should be the odd man out, and will be eventually. LOU WILLIAMS will be back next year and can back-up Jeff Teague in short stints!!!

Section 303

December 1st, 2012
1:51 pm

Last night’s game…was disappointing. I read that Josh is taking the blame for not boxing out last night and says he will make sure that never happens again. Well, that’s a bunch of bullsh#t. Josh, and all the other Hawks, never boxout. They have not made it a priority ever. So, why is that going to change now? It isn’t.

Find your man, seal, then jump. Josh and the Hawks just turn and jump. It came back to bite them in the a$$ last night. And, almost bit them in the a$$ against Washington last week. This has been a problem for years. I will bet whatever you want to bet that it does not get fixed.

Jamaaliver

December 1st, 2012
1:52 pm

Josh Smith to LA for Pau Gasol. Add others to balance it financially.

Horford + Pau = best frontcourt in the East. (Think Brooklyn’s frontcourt with All-Stars at C&PF).

Josh + Pau = catastrophe.

PS AL is better than Josh.

kwooden1

December 1st, 2012
1:53 pm

Sounds like a good move, get those guys need some time to develop.

As for the loss, I didn’t see the game but knew that one of these types of losses would coming. We’re a team that just can’t consistently get stops when we need to, so no lead is safe. Which is also true the other way because we have so many good 3 point shooters, we can always come back in a game. Rebounding will be a problem most games with these guys as long as the opposing team’s SF is aggressive. We’re such a small team that if you can get a center that is active to occupy Horford and Josh, then offensive rebounds are there for the taking. Either way I hope that Jeff showed some improvement this game and continues to grow in his role.

GO HAWKS!!

Section 303

December 1st, 2012
2:02 pm

kwooden1, defense was the main problem. The Hawks had a 9-point lead, with the ball and a chance to increase the lead. It went down hill from there. There was a stretch where Cleveland had to of scored on 8 or 9 straight possessions.

Can’t win ‘em all. I understand that. But, last night’s game was just a give away by the Hawks. The decision that it was ok to NOT box out Gee was just a great way to cap off a miserable defensive performance.

As I said, above, the box out problem is not going away. Hawks will just have to play through this. I don’t believe the Hawks have it in them to box out all the time. At most, they might really focus on sealing their man against Denver, just because it is the immediate aftermath of the Cleveland game. But, zebras don’t change there stripes. Hawks will go back to never boxing out.

Section 303

December 1st, 2012
2:03 pm

I don’t want Gasol here. Let me just be clear on that. I think that is an awful move. I’ll take my chances keeping Josh and Al.

Jamaaliver

December 1st, 2012
2:05 pm

Notice that Josh best season is very comparable to Pau’s worst season.

He’s bigger, stronger, a more established scorer.

He can guard centers and PFs. He’s an All Star and a NBA Champion.

Josh isn’t much of a scorer or rebounder. Thus his 15 & 7 career avg.

keith

December 1st, 2012
2:11 pm

Just looked at the Hawks Roster and annual salaries, Josh at 13.2million and Al Horfy at 12million, suffice it to say that, statistically, their play does not “Quantify” their offensive and defensive productions! I cannot foresee a scenario where both of these guys are with the Atlanta Hawks next season moving forward?

keith

December 1st, 2012
2:16 pm

keith
December 1st, 2012
2:11 pm

Josh Smith/Al Horford “Productivity” not quantifiable enough to justify 12 million and 13 million dollar annual salaries!!!

keith

December 1st, 2012
2:20 pm

Prayers for the families of the Kansas City Chief football player and his girlfriend. This is another horrible tragedy. May they have the comfort of the God most high in this tragic situation.

Not So Casual Observer

December 1st, 2012
2:32 pm

Defense and rebounding require heart and desire – Anderson Varrajao is an example.

The Hawks have players trying to be too cool, or smooth, to give constant effort as the Cleveland team did last night. Watch Josh Smith saunter back on defense a few times and you see my point.

Not So Casual Observer

December 1st, 2012
2:33 pm

The coach and the GM make the D League decisions.

KBP

December 1st, 2012
2:40 pm

I can understand Miami, Boston, LAL, LAC, OKC,NY, NJ and a few others sending a 1st round pick to the D-League. I absolutely do not understand our Hawks sending Jenkins to the D-League. Our rotation is not that formidable to where he should not get consistent minutes. We have played well of late but I seriously doubt we make the playoffs and if we do we will be a 7 or 8 seed. How can you not play Jenkins now so he can be ready for the future when you are a 7 or 8 seed? Granted, I have not seen the practices but I did see Jenkins quite a bit at Vandy and he can flat out shoot the ball just as well as Korver who clearly does not have a long term future here. He was not good defensively at Vandy and will not be good here either but neither is Korver, Morrow, nor Williams good defensively. If this is Ferry’s move, then I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. If this is LD’s move, then I am not surprised because he is a

KBP

December 1st, 2012
2:42 pm

Oops, to finish my statement: then I am not surprised because he is a TRAIN WRECK!

Clarification

December 1st, 2012
3:02 pm

If you actually watched the game, you would know that Josh guarded Varejao most of the game. Horford only had him on switches in transition.

Funny how some want to blame Horford, when Josh said straight out that it was his fault that the Cavs won.

KBP

December 1st, 2012
3:05 pm

Section 303 . . . Does Josh do anything better than Pau other than block shots? Does Al do ANYTHING better than Pau? Even though he is 5-7 years older than they, I’d make that trade immediately. He will be a substantial improvement offensively and a push defensively except for a few blocked shots that Josh contributes.

After trading Joe and Marvin, I wonder why did Ferry did not go all in with the rebuilding mode? Seems like he’s trying to be competitive with this roster instead of completely blowing it up. I think having a lot of cap space and a high lottery pick is a better position than having cap space and a late 1st round pick. San Antonio did well picking late in the first round because they already had a championship core so their 1st rounders did not need to contribute right away. Ours do! Again, I am giving Ferry the benefit of the doubt, everyone else is a TRAIN WRECK!

ejh

December 1st, 2012
3:06 pm

I beleive Scott and Jenkings were sent down to the D-League is because the Hawks are getting ready to make roster moves either via trade or free agent signings, especially with Korver’s back in question and Morrow a little gimpy. And after last night atrocious rebounding for this move to come the next day, it looks to me the Hawks are going for a center and a small forward who can help immediately on the glass. That is waht I take from this move which was done so fast.

Clarification

December 1st, 2012
3:11 pm

No Sautee here, troll. I deal in facts, not opinions.

Harry Hawk

December 1st, 2012
3:12 pm

Not sure why we drafted Jenkins and then picked up Morrow and Korver. Jenkins is a role player who shoots from the perimeter. Weird move.

KBP

December 1st, 2012
3:17 pm

ejh, you may be right. What center and power forward do you have in mind? I would send Al to Phoenix for Gortat if the Suns would do that. Gortat at 5. Josh at 4. Stevenson at 3. Jenkins at 2. Teague at 1. Still not a contender in the east but take that starting 5 with our cap space next year and build from there.

Clarification

December 1st, 2012
3:18 pm

And, BTW, what Horford was doing on that last play was blocking out the league’s leading rebounder, which put him too far away to react to Gee’s put back. Check the video.

Just the facts, ma’am.

Artman

December 1st, 2012
3:20 pm

Hey guys, Pau Gasol is 32 years old with tendonitis in his knees. And he is also making $19 million a year. He is not a player you want if you are building for the future. It is a good thing Danny Ferry is the GM and not all the bloggers who pretend they know what is best for the Hawks.

MattP

December 1st, 2012
3:33 pm

Are people really blaming Horford for Gee’s put back? Smith is the one to blame, he let Gee sneak around him and get under the rim for the rebound. Horford did what he was suppose to and box out Varejao.

Clarification

December 1st, 2012
3:35 pm

Hey troll, I must have gotten to you for you to steal my handle.

Stolen handle at 3:31, and 3:17.

Just the facts, ma’am. And the fact is, that Josh said this loss was on him for failing to block out.

Sameba

December 1st, 2012
3:45 pm

Clarification:

Horford was not too far – he was not quick enough to block that putback. I was watching several more times that video and it strongly suggests that we urgently need SF/WING to be competitive. Jost originally had a correct position, but Gee is so fast he was able to very quickly neak past Josh an swiftly make his putback. Of course Cavs got very lucky where ball went after Waiter’s shot, but had we a good SF that putback was unlikely to happen…

Sameba

December 1st, 2012
3:48 pm

Of course Josh would rebound if the ball hit the rim, but in that case he could do little. Josh is PF, not a SF and not as fast as SF…

Clarification

December 1st, 2012
3:49 pm

Sameba,

Josh failed to put his body on Gee. Horford was bodying Andy the entire time until he realized that Gee had the ball. Too slow? Maybe, but his job was to block out Varejao. That, he did.

Sameba

December 1st, 2012
3:50 pm

And what is interesting, Gee did not attempt to layup from the side where Josh was standing, instead he went to opposite side towards Al…

Sameba

December 1st, 2012
3:52 pm

Clarification:

For me, just that episode alone, is a very good case to justify urgent need of a atletic, fast, hustling small forward.

Chris Vivlamore

December 1st, 2012
3:54 pm

Folks: You will find a number of blog posts deleted. The same loser who keeps posting under multiple names was back – for awhile. As I have many, many times I have banned him. Try as the this person with nothing better to do keeps trying, II keep deleting and banning. Thanks.

Chris Vivlamore

December 1st, 2012
3:55 pm

keith: GM Danny Ferry makes the call on sending player to D-League. I’m sure he had input from Larry Drew and coaching staff.

MattP

December 1st, 2012
3:59 pm

Sameba,

You said it well, just imagine if we had keep Damion James. I do not understand why they.keep Tolliver over James. James had better defense and can rebound well for his size. But we all know Drew loves his 3 point shooters.

Sameba

December 1st, 2012
4:06 pm

MattP:

December 15 is approaching. And although I hate sending Jenkins to D-league, these moves may indeed indicate that changes are coming…

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

December 1st, 2012
4:51 pm

We should have drafted someone that could help out on the boards.

Disgusted

December 1st, 2012
5:13 pm

Jenkins was supposed to be better than he has been — looks like another bust.

Why did they draft this scrub??????? There were better guys out there.

This team cannot rebound which is why they will be in the second division in the Eastern Confrence. Last night’s game told alot about their deficiencies.

Nate ArchiBALL

December 1st, 2012
5:43 pm

Please remember that Danny added some of his people to LD’s staff whose main purpose is player development. Think about it, if John Jenkins was ready for NBA minutes he wouldn’t be sent to the D League. There is a huge difference between college basketball and the NBA. Everyone who scouted Jenkins, knew he was not a NBA-ready player – (Long term yes, short term no) Too many questions about his athleticism, defensive ability, ball handling…but the book on Jenkins is that over time he would develop into a better than average player. Is he getting better? We will see from what he does in his D League stint.

Slimjr

December 1st, 2012
5:59 pm

Uh oh doc, will the Dawgs meltdown again at the dome tonight?

One more half to go….Of course Alabama kicks a huge field goal right before the half to pull ahead by 3…

Rusty

December 1st, 2012
6:21 pm

You can’t tell m me that LD couldn’t find 5 minutes a game for a first rounder.LD. Is not only a bad coach but he is a coach who will never try to develope a young player. Play Ivan, idiot.

Astro Joe

December 1st, 2012
6:23 pm

I’m glad to hear about the D League assignments, I personally hope that they stay there for a few weeks.

Add Jeremy Pargo to the list of PGs that Teague should play more intently as he contiues his evolution. Pargo gets added to a list that includes George Hill and Kemba Walker.

Rusty

December 1st, 2012
6:23 pm

If Jenkins was so limited who was the idiot or idiots who picked him.