Hawks wing DeAndre’ Bembry out 4-6 weeks

Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry (95) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Denver. The Hawks won 109-108. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Atlanta Hawks wing DeAndre’ Bembry will miss four-to-six weeks of basketball activities as a result of a strained right tricep, the Hawks announced Wednesday

Bembry is entering his second year in the NBA.

The 23-year-old, who played his college basketball at Saint Joseph’s University, was originally selected by the Hawks in the first round (21st pick overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft.

During his rookie campaign, he played in 38 games and made one start, averaging 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game. He shot 48 percent from the floor.

Bembry had a solid three-year career at St. Joe’s, capturing Atlantic-10 Player of the Year honors during his junior and final season with the school.

He was a go-to scorer for St. Joe’s right off the bat, averaging 12.1 points per game on a 45.8 percent shooting clip during his freshman year. He also registered 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game and made 34.6 percent of his 3-point attempts and 58.3 percent of his free throws.

The following year, Bembry tallied a career-high 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals a night while making 43.2 percent of his field goal tries, 32.7 percent of his long-distance attempts and 63.8 percent of his foul shots.

The Charlotte native capped off his collegiate career by recording 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 4.5 dimes and 1.4 steals per game during his junior campaign, converting on a career-best 47.9 percent of his shot attempts, 26.6 percent of his 3-point tries and 65.7 percent of his free throws.

After losing Paul Millsap to free agency and trading away Dwight Howard, the Hawks are entering a rebuilding year and are in danger of seeing their run of nine consecutive playoff appearances come to a close.

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