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Matt Mooney signs with the Atlanta Hawks

Does Mooney have a shot at making the Hawk’s young roster?

Jeramey Gillilan

Matt Mooney will get his shot in the NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks

Matt Mooney was not on very many NBA team’s radars last season. That is until he emerged as a key piece in Texas Tech’s run in the NCAA Tournament. A tournament run that vaulted Jarrett Culver into the high lottery, and resulted in a summer league invite for Tariq Owens, has also produced an opportunity for Mooney.

Mooney’s age (24) and limited athleticism are likely the reason why he did not hear his name on draft night. However, this is not to say that Mooney cannot turn into a solid 3 and D player at the next level. Mooney showed his defensive prowess for Texas Tech this season, consistently locking down opponents while leading the team in steals with 70, which is second in Texas Tech’s single-season history. Mooney also showcased his scoring ability in the NCAA tournament against Michigan State, putting up 22 points in Minneapolis.

The Hawks are loaded with young talent. Between Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Jaylen Adams, and new rookies Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter, Mooney has an uphill battle to earn a spot on the Hawks roster.

However, a summer league roster spot is a huge opportunity for Matt Mooney. Though he may not make the Hawks young roster, the shot to play in Las Vegas could earn him opportunities elsewhere.

The NBA’s Summer League kicks off in Las Vegas on Friday July 5th.