Shelvin Mack is going to find out that playing time won’t be easy on the guard-rich Atlanta Hawks roster.
But with a decent training camp, Mack could find himself getting plenty of time.
Last season was Mack’s first with Atlanta, but he played seven games with Washington Wizards and then four with the Philadelphia 76ers before coming to Georgia. In 20 games for the Hawks, he was at 4.56 points and 2.2 assists per game.
For the 2011-12 season with the Wizards, he averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 assists in 64 games as a rookie. He scored 10 or more points in three contests and showed that he can be a dangerous scorer at times from off the bench. Mack is going to have to fight for playing time in the backcourt but has the skills to do it. At point guard, he averaged 6.5 points and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 38.5 percent from the floor and 25 percent from threes in 18.3 minutes per game.
Mack can have an impact with the Hawks, despite the fact they drafted Dennis Schroder, another point guard. But the Hawks may carry three point guards and have to remember that Mack can give them decent shooting and passing skills. The Hawks like the fact that Mack is confident in his abilities and his work ethic. They also regard Mack as a steady ball handler who can do well on the pick-and-roll which is a main key of the current Atlanta offense.
It will be from off the bench, but expect Mack’s role to be very pivotal for the Hawks as they bid for be a force in the NBA East.