After not seeing action in the team’s first three games, he hit one of two three-pointers in 9 1/2 minutes against the Miami Heat and sank two late free throws to help seal the game for the Hawks. He also recorded two rebounds, a block, and a steal. In the fifth and final game, he saw 22 minutes of playing time, hitting five of 10 shots, including four of seven three-pointers, to be the team’s second-leading scorer with 16 points. He also had one rebound and an assist.
While “Jaws” had to be considered a longshot to make the team from the outset, his performance may help open up opportunities to play professional basketball overseas.