Hawks Assign Rookie Guard Pape Sy to NBA D-League
Sy, selected with the 53rd overall pick of this year's NBA Draft, has not appeared in a single game for the Hawks this season and played in just two of their five games at this summer's Vegas Summer League. Sy averaged fewer than 15 minutes for STB Le Havre in France's Pro A League, leaving it almost a complete mystery as to what he might be capable of in the D-League.
The 6-foot-7 Sy could have spent a fourth season with Le Havre but opted to buy out his contract in early September to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA. While Sy's yet to officially make his NBA debut, the fact that the Hawks have kept him on their roster and are letting him develop in the D-League is certainly a step in the right direction.
The Hawks, even before this year's NBA Draft, had plans on drafting a project and allowing him to develop in the D-League.
"I think we will get a piece," Hawks assistant GM Dave Pendergraft told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in May. "I don't think we will necessarily get a rotational piece. We can get a player who after some seasoning can stay in the NBA for a while, that can make a career out of it. If we can keep our roster intact I don't see a lot of playing time. It will be a situation where we take advantage of our D-League affiliate."
This will be a new step for the Hawks, as they've only assigned two players, Othello Hunter and Thomas Gardner, for a total of four games since the 2006-07 season.
With the Flash, Sy will join former NBA Draft pick Orien Greene to make an athletic backcourt alongside sharpshooting point guards Kevin Kruger and Andre Ingram.