Hawks sign Deyonta Davis to 10-day contract


Per Shams Charania, the Hawks agreed to a 10-day contract with Deyonta Davis of the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Davis is a 6’11” athletic center that is only 22 years old after being a one-and-done player from Michigan State. He was the 31st overall in the 2016 draft and spent the previous two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies.

As a rookie, he played sparingly, but last year he appeared in 62 games, averaging 5.8 points, 4.0 rebound, and 0.6 blocks in 15.2 minutes per game. This year, he has become a force in the G-League, starting in all 43 games, putting up 9.7 points on 59.2% shooting with 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

There’s potential in Atlanta for Davis to earn a contract. Dewayne Dedmon is scheduled to hit free agency at season’s end. It’s unknown if the team plans on retaining him. If not, that would leave Alex Len as the primary center on the roster. Len has had a breakout season in Atlanta behind the growth of his three-point shot. Davis has yet to take a three-pointer his entire NBA career, but one can assume that will not be the case for much longer. Everybody that comes to Atlanta shoots, so it will be worth watching how Davis performs in a limited role.

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