Atlanta Hawks: Jenkins scores 22 points in D-League debut

Vivlamore reporting before Hawks practice.

Here is a quick look on how rookies John Jenkins and Mike Scott fared in their NBA Development League debut Monday.

Jenkins scored a game-high 22 points as the Bakersfield Jam defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors 102-95. Jenkins shot 8 of 13 from the field, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range, in 29 minutes. He also had three rebounds, three assists and two steals. He had a plus-minus rating of -9.

“I’m behind some great veterans,” Jenkins said of the Hawks in an interview on the team’s Website. “Those guys are teaching me a whole lot, teaching me how to take care of my body, teaching me how to be a pro. Some things I’ve really been trying to learn as a rookie. Guys like Kyle Kover, Anthony Morrow, those guys in particular, are helping my transition to the next level.”

Scott finished with seven points. He was 3 of 8 from the field in 24 minutes. Scott also had two rebounds and two steals and was a minus-16.

Damion James, who was the Hawks final roster cut in training camp, had four points in 20 minutes and was a minus-15.

Jenkins and Scott will play again tonight as the Jam (3-1) play the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

- Chris Vivlamore

31 comments Add your comment

drmaryb.(""_*).

December 4th, 2012
11:32 am

Rod From CP!

said, “LOL. People saying they would not want Dwight because of free throws. The guy is coming off of major back surgery. He will never be a great free throw shooter, but I’m sure many of you would take Shaq is his prime. Any combination of Josh and Dwight Howard would immediately make us the best defensive team in the league. I don’t think there is any way the Lakers let him leave LA even at the expense of Kobe. Dwight is the future of the Lakers unless he talks his way out of there.”
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Im so inclined to agree with this fine assessment.

Astro Joe

December 4th, 2012
11:39 am

D12 can’t carry Shaq’s cape.

Good to see that Jenkins isn’t jacking up 3s in the D-League. Only 2 attempts out of 13 FGAs. That suggests a very good maturity level (IMO), instead of showing off his shooting range, he was more likely taking higher percentage shots.

I assume that Damion James had 15+ rebounds (being the machine that he is).

drmaryb.(""_*).

December 4th, 2012
11:48 am

Back it Down!

Rod from CP, I have had major spinal surgery, A Laminectomy … (Three Titanium Rods and Four Pedicle Screws).

It is my understanding that DHoward had a relatively minor procedure, however, no spinal surgery can really be termed as MINOR, in and of itself. I believe Dwight had an Arthro-Scopic and/or Lapro-Scopic Procedure to clean out some loose (cartilaginous) bodies from a Disc-Opathy, (buldging disc or torn/frayed on the outer edges of the disc) of some sort.

I guess because of medical records and, patient privacy laws, we will never really know his diagnosis nor treatment protocals. having said this, I believe his prognosis is pretty good for the fiture, mainly due to his age. But, with spinal surgery in Dwight’s medical history and, his playing style of thunderous dunks? he comes down pretty hard on the disc in the AXIAL Planes of that disc.

In other words, jumping up and down will certainly compress the discs, like a pancake flattening, to give an analogy. If, I were Dwight’s physician? I would advise him to dunk less and, rely more on his low post moves and foot work techniques rather than the unnecessary … SLAM DUNKS. I don’t think this will make him soft. He should play more like Olajuwan and less like Shaquille O’Neal.

As far as the Hawks, i would make a run to get this guy in here … If, he is so willing. Phillips Arena would sell out with a waiting list for future ticket sales.

The Truth

December 4th, 2012
11:57 am

“Which, for me, is winning a championship,’’ he [Dwight Howard] added. “So if I have to play on another team or do whatever I have to do to get one, that’s my goal. This is my passion, so I’ll continue to fight.”- NBA.com

Is this déjà vu all over again? With that statement, Dwight seem to be pulling out his Orlando tricks (now bringing pressure on the Lakers) to upgrade the roster. But the current bloated LA roster and new CBA will make that tough. So the DH sweepstakes may not yet be dead.

drmaryb.(""_*).

December 4th, 2012
12:10 pm

AJ!

Damien’s Line was:

20 mis 2-6 shots 0-1 (3 PM – A) 0-0 (FTM-A) 1/2 (Off/Def REB) 0 (Ass) 0 (PF) 1 (ST) 1(TO) … 4 points.

This was a game that featured JJ2 for sure and. that may have very well been the coaches game plan – to showcase the # 1 Pick!

vava74

December 4th, 2012
12:16 pm

AJ,

Damion looked horrible on D too during the first quarter action that I watched.

However, I don’t think Damion’s game translates well into the DLeague which is fast paced, no D kind of game, which means that you need to have shooting range and/or handles to get the rock and either shoot it or shake your opponent.

But he had been putting decent/good numbers in the previous games.

Sautee

December 4th, 2012
12:23 pm

“no spinal surgery can really be termed as MINOR, in and of itself.” – drmaryb

“Minor surgery is when it’s someone else” – Bill Walton ;-)

Good to see you back Mary Ellen.

Rod from College Park

December 4th, 2012
12:29 pm

“D12 can’t carry Shaq’s cape.”

D12 is a better defensive player, better rebounder, and better freethrow shooter than Shaq ever was. Shaq was more dominant on the offensive side of the floor, and had an overall bigger impact on the game, but Dwight has been the most dominant center of this era.

Astro Joe

December 4th, 2012
12:30 pm

vava, I didn’t suggest that he should be scoring, but are you telling me that his rebounding prowess shouldn’t be evident in the D League (with more than a handful of chuckers around him)?

Samurai Squirrel

December 4th, 2012
12:31 pm

I agree that Josh Smith and Dwight Howard would be a fine defensive tandom, but the problem would come on the offensive end. Who would score? Neither player has any decent moves down on the post. With Howard on the box, that forces Josh Smith to float around the perimeter. Where we would want Smith is the paint! Too much would be going on down low. I just don’t like the fit of two together.

Samurai Squirrel

December 4th, 2012
12:33 pm

Astro Joe, I totally agree.

Who pays the unsigned players in the D-League since their contracts are not owned by a NBA team? Does the NBA pay those guys?

Astro Joe

December 4th, 2012
12:38 pm

Samurai, don’t ask silly questions about the compatibility of those two on the offensive end. We’re supposed to ignore those types of details and focus on the “social perks” of bringing D12 back. It will be the head coach’s fault for not figuring out how to win championships with those two combining for 35+ FGAs. Surely, opposing defenses will sumply allow the PG to simply lob the ball everytime down the floor, right? Isn’t that why the Clippers made it to the Finals last year? Lob City.

drmaryb.(""_*).

December 4th, 2012
12:39 pm

Sautee!

Yeah baby! … I just needed a break away from the TROLLE. Blogging just wasn’t as much fun anymore. But, hey Sautee … I still scroll-a-troll and read my favorites like YOU and:

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Big Ray
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AJ
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I MUS WRITE
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And, so many others … Yawl know WHO you are.
LOL!

Let’s Go Ferry-Led Hawks!

MsDee

December 4th, 2012
1:15 pm

Aww, DrMaryB, I feel totally honored to be on your list..thx girl and welcome BACK!! :)

MsDee

December 4th, 2012
1:16 pm

Chris Vivlamore ‏@ajchawks
No Kyle Korver at Hawks practice. #ATLHawks

MsDee

December 4th, 2012
1:17 pm

Chris Vivlamore ‏@ajchawks
DeShawn Stevenson left Hawks practice early after taking an elbow to the head.

MsDee

December 4th, 2012
1:17 pm

Looks like we might be calling up John Jenkins faster than Drew thought!!

Astro Joe

December 4th, 2012
2:01 pm

Howard has been the most dominant center of his era because this era SUCKS for centers. In Shaq’s ROOKIE season, he averaged 23/14 & 3.5 blocks while shooting 59% from the free throw line. That would be a career best season for Howard… and it was Shaq’s first year while playing against guys like Robinson, Olajuwon, Mutombo, Mourning and Ewing. Saying that fans who wouldn’t appreciate Howard would not have appreciated Shaq is just crazy. Howard is to Shaq what D-Wade is to MJ. A really good imitation but not the real thing.

Astro Joe

December 4th, 2012
2:02 pm

“Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby”. Shout out to Doc Mary. :lol:

leon

December 4th, 2012
2:06 pm

For the people that think D12 is better than Shaq. They need to look at the MVP year numbers. Oh yeah I did say MVP. Title speaks for itself.

wordsmithtom

December 4th, 2012
2:06 pm

Sounds like Jenkins has a very good attitude towards his first few pro months. He is correct: Morrow and Korver are pros already, and good. They don’t, however, have his 3 year contract. Patience grasshopper; you’ll get your shot, sooner or later if you keep learning. Lakers never throw first round pix into the early going. Why should Hawks? Play the pros, and school the rookies. Great thing this D League. Give him a chance to shed any rust sitting on the pines set in. Good place for him. Keep up the good work, young man, we’re pulling for you.

Buddy Grizzard

December 4th, 2012
2:13 pm

C-Viv calls out the negative +/- numbers… love it! My boy Damion James not looking good in the D League

Astro Joe

December 4th, 2012
2:18 pm

Excerpt from an SI article:

The standard scouting report given to Heat players before games is two pages. The one James receives is four, filled with the kind of advanced stats reserved for coaches, bloggers and Shane Battier. “I want to know that this guy drives left 70% of the time, or pulls up when he drives right, or likes to cross over after two dribbles,” James says. Even when he is with friends, he’ll geek out in the middle of casual conversation: “Remember when I drove and kicked to Ray at the four-minute mark in the second quarter. If he’d have drifted into the corner, we’d have had a better shot.” Then, after a pause: “So what are you guys getting into tonight?” “He’ll be talking about a player and tell you, ‘If you post up on the left side and drive middle, he’ll foul you every time,’” Carter says. “Everybody sees the dunks and the 35 points, but it’s no accident. Carmelo Anthony is the same size. J.R. Smith can jump just as high. Dwight Howard is as good an athlete. It’s his thought process that separates him.”

What a crazy idea… the thing on a player’s shoulders could actually separate him from other physically gifted athletes.

Buddy Grizzard

December 4th, 2012
2:22 pm

DrMaryB C-Viv is not playing… he doesn’t scroll a troll… he IP bans a troll. Troll got to go to a new library every week. Our troll is getting more literate by the day!

Welcom back :)

2 FOR JOHN DREW

December 4th, 2012
2:47 pm

Hey DrMaryB ….. Good to see you back …. We need all the positive vibers we can get, lol …. Quite an impressive list there …. most of my favs on there ….. I don’t feel real bad not making the list, since I don’t blog too often ….. But I want you to know this blog is ” required reading ” for me daily ….. and you’re on my list …. GO HAWKS & take us all w/ you.

Rod from College Park

December 4th, 2012
2:57 pm

“For the people that think D12 is better than Shaq. They need to look at the MVP year numbers. Oh yeah I did say MVP. Title speaks for itself.”

No one ever said D12 was better than Shaq. I said he was a better rebounder, better defensively and a better free throw shooter. Those are all facts.

“In Shaq’s ROOKIE season, he averaged 23/14 & 3.5 blocks while shooting 59% from the free throw line. That would be a career best season for Howard…”

One year does not make a career. That is why they have career stats. Over his career Dwight has been better defensively, a better rebounder and a better freethrow shooter.

Astro Joe

December 4th, 2012
3:30 pm

Rod, you’re right. And Jamal is a better free throw shooter than MJ.

Still, suggesting that a fan base that doesn’t want Howard wouldn’t want the far better all-around Shaq is stupid.

hittman

December 4th, 2012
3:46 pm

Why do a select many of you guys even want a Pau Gasol deal to take place in the first place.The idea in rebuilding is to clear cap space,draft well,and sign free agents, Trading for Pau Gasol is how do the street business men say,hustling backwards.If that was the case the hawks should a kept jj, Gasol is on a contract of like 4yrs 60mill,if you trade for that you are handcuffing the hawks to mediocricy all over again

Rod from College Park

December 4th, 2012
3:46 pm

Still, suggesting that a fan base that doesn’t want Howard wouldn’t want the far better all-around Shaq is stupid.

I never suggested that. What blog are you reading? The point is that Shaq was not the far better all-around player. Shaq was more dominant offensively, and had a bigger impact on the game because of his size. That’s it. He was not a better defender, he did not rebound the basketball better, and was was not a better free throw shooter.

hittman

December 4th, 2012
3:48 pm

Why do a select many of you guys even want a Pau Gasol deal to take place in the first place.The idea in rebuilding is to clear cap space,draft well,and sign free agents, Trading for Pau Gasol is how do the street business men say,hustling backwards.If that was the case the hawks should a kept jj, Gasol is on a contract of like 4yrs 60mill,if you trade for that you are handcuffing the hawks to mediocricy all over again. And that would my friends make all the hope we have faith in that this orginazation is getting it right,deflate like a kicked spalding caught on a prison fence rec yard

Astro Joe

December 4th, 2012
3:55 pm

point is that Shaq was not the far better all-around player.

Rod, Shaq was a much better passer. His blocks/game in his prime are equal to Howard’s. The one difference is that Howard is more agile making him a better rebounder. Howard has a slight edge in the facets of the game where he is better while Shaq is far better in other areas. When all is said and done, Howard won’t be mentioned as a top 5 center since ~1980.

If Vlade Divac were playing today, he’d be a top 5 center. Bad era for centers.