When the Atlanta Hawks drafted John Jenkins with the No. 23 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, many questions were raised. It wasn’t because of his talent, it was more because of the lack of need for that position with the Hawks. They had Devin Harris, Jeff Teague, Louis Williams and Kyle Korver implanted at the guard positions. Williams went down with a torn ACL and Jenkins actually ended up appearing in 61 games during his rookie season.
One thing we knew Jenkins could do from his college days at Vanderbilt, is score. He averaged nearly 20 points a game his final year there and he averaged a little over six points per game in slightly under 15 minutes in his first year in the NBA.
In 2013, Jenkins finds himself in a similar situation as the fifth guard on the depth chart. Teague, Korver and Williams are all back and the Hawks drafted Dennis Schroder in the first round this year to be the point guard of the future.
The one thing going for Jenkins is that Lou Will might not be ready for the start of the season while recovering from his knee injury. If that is the case, Jenkins should run with the second unit behind Korver. Jenkins shot the ball pretty well for a rookie (44.6 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three). He provides a slight upgrade in athleticism over Korver and he is more of a scorer rather than just a spot-up shooter.
There is also the possibility that Schroder goes through some growing pains as a rookie and Williams might have to play backup point guard, giving ample opportunity for Jenkins to shine.
Jenkins has the opportunity to be a solid scoring option off the bench for a rebuilding Hawks squad, so he needs to come in and provide offense right out of the gate.