David Lighty is bidding in training camp to make a name for himself as a shooting guard, who can give the Atlanta Hawks key depth in that area.
If Lighty can get the job done during the NBA preseason and continue to improve, he’ll have a key impact on this Hawks squad.
Lighty has earned his shot after having a strong career at Ohio State and averaging 12.1 points as a senior. He played last season in France and did a credible job with 12.5 points per game and connecting on 43 percent of his three-point tries. He also played in the Euroleague and Italy.
This summer, Lighty saw action in the Orlando Summer League with the Brooklyn Nets and averaged 7.76 points and 2.3 assists in three games. He played in the Las Vegas League in a Sacramento Kings jersey and averaged 6.5 points per game.
In one preseason game with the Hawks, Lighty saw almost 10 minutes of action, but had just two assists and one rebound on the stat sheet. He’ll obviously have to get involved more offensively in future Hawks preseason games to have a shot at making the team.
The Hawks would like to see Lighty be consistent on his shooting percentages. If he does, that would help his chances of making the team. In the summer league, he was 43.8 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent in threes and 78.6 percent in free throws.
If he’s able to get a roster spot, Lighty would likely come off the bench with the assignment of scoring critical points while giving the Atlanta starters a break. He can have a key impact on the team in that regard. But right now, it’s all up to him.