This isn’t much of a rumor to grow on, but it is something to watch for over the next couple of weeks. The Atlanta Hawks have took to the D-League this year and have used it wisely. Jared Cunningham, who was acquired by the Hawks in a Draft day trade back in June, has spent most of this season with the Bakersfield Jam.
The Bakersfield Jam serves as the D-League affilate for the Hawks. This season alone, the Hawks have sent currently injured John Jenkins and future star Dennis Shroeder to the D-League, where they both performed very well in just a few games played; Jenkins was averaging more than 20 points per game.
Schroeder was sent to the D-League to get some playing time under his belt and to help him develop more. After his 10 points in 10 minutes in the loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the D-League showed promise as being a place for support and a place for players to get better at their craft.
James Nunnally, who is currently on his second 10-day contract with the Hawks, played 19 games this year for the Bakersfield Jam. In those 19 games, Nunnally averaged a decent 18.2 points per game, 4.0 assits per game, and just over four rebounds a game with a 4.4 average.
To some, the Hawks are in need of some help, and that help could possibly come in the from a player named Ike Diogu. The 6-foot-8, 255 pound NBA veteran is averaging 16.7 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game in just 18 games with the Jam.
Diogu is a tough, hard-nosed post player with a nose for grabbing the rebounds with the slightest of ease. It would not surprise me if we didn’t see Diogu in a Hawks jersey in the very near future.