42 Days Until the Atlanta Hawks’ Season

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By Robby Kalland

Maine Red Claws vs. Bakersfield Jam

We are counting down the days until the Hawks’ season-opener in Dallas by giving you 50 things to be excited about this year. With 42 days left, today’s is…

Bakersfield Jam

The Bakersfield Jam are the NBA Developmental League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, shared with four other teams (Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Los Angeles Clippers). The Jam finished last season 36-14, first in their division, before falling to the Austin Toros in the first round of the D-League playoffs. Brian Butch and Jerel McNeal led the Jam’s regular roster last season. Butch averaged a double-double with 12.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game and McNeal led the Jam’s normal roster with 18.1 points per game and 5.5 assists per game.

The Hawks made use of the Jam last year by sending John Jenkins and Mike Scott to Bakersfield for short stints. The Jam provide the Hawks with an opportunity to further develop their young players by getting them in-game experience.

Last season Scott played in seven games with the Jam over two separate stints and averaged 18.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and shot 50.5% from the field. Jenkins played in two games and averaged 25.5 points (the most on the Jam), 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.5 steals in those games before returning to Atlanta. Jenkins shot 52.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from three in his two games. Getting Scott and Jenkins in-game experience with the Jam and having them be successful in their short time in Bakersfield gave them a lot of confidence for when they returned to the Hawks.

How the Hawks will use the Jam this year is still to be determined, but there is a good chance that at some point this season the Hawks will send someone to the Jam for a few games to get some extra on-court experience.

We also want your input.  What are you most excited about this upcoming season.  Leave a comment below to let us know, and we may feature your idea in our countdown!

Day 50 – New Faces
Day 49 – First Pelicans Visit
Day 48 – Hawks Social Media
Day 47 – Dennis Schröder
Day 46 – Celebrities at Philips Arena
Day 45 – All-Star Game
Day 44 – Hawks Footwear
Day 43 – Sky Hawk and the Sky Squad

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