DeAndre' Bembry became the newest member of the Hawks Thursday night after Atlanta selected the small forward with the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Bembry elected not to attend the draft after losing his brother earlier this month. Adrian Potts, 20, was shot and killed in Charlotte June 11. His funeral was held last week.
The reigning Atlantic-10 Player of the Year brings versatility and a great work ethic to the league, providing him an opportunity to compete for playing minutes in the upcoming season.
Bembry's intangibles, as earlier reported in our scouting report, allows him to mesh well with the Hawks as they look to improve on a 48-34 record last season, eventually falling Cleveland in the East semifinals in a four-game sweep.
Entering the draft, Atlanta needed scoring, rebounding and more depth on the wings. Bembry gives the Hawks a little bit of each. Atlanta's system allows Bembry to enter and produce from the word go. He offers great passing ability and can be a utility player off the bench, playing several different positions on the floor.
His biggest downfall offensively is his three-point shot. The St. Joe's standout had his best season behind the arc during his first season and worsened each year following. Although his struggles came from long range, the 6-foot-6 forward averaged 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Defensively, Bembry spent his collegiate career taking away the opposition's best wing player and will likely be called upon to do the same in the NBA. With a near 6-foot-10 wingspan, Bembry's size could create havoc away from the basket.
Bembry is expected to join the Hawks frontcourt in Las Vegas when they begin the Summer League next month.