Bembry had excellent production as a play-maker: 88th percentile among wings in assist to usage rate ratio, according to Cleaning the Glass. Bembry has very good anticipation and court vision—he can whip no-look passes to ready 3-point shooters. But Bembry had among the worst turnover percentages for NBA wings because of his tendency to dribble out of control into traffic or try risky cross-court passes.
Bembry showed good defensive potential as a rookie and was even better at that end this season. He had excellent production in block percentage (93rd percentile, according to CTG), steals percentage (89th percentile) and deflections (4.2 per 48 minutes). Bembry is long, active and aware on defense and his disruptiveness frequently made it tough on opponents to run offense on the perimeter.
Hawks opponents scored three points per 100 possessions more with Bembry on court vs. off, according to CTG (non-garbage time). But for the 501 possessions Bembry was on the court without Marco Belinelli, Hawks foes scored 106.5 points per 100 possessions compared to the team’s overall defensive rating of 111.1.
Bembry is a tough player who has shown flashes of being a solid NBA player, especially on defense. Offensively, Bembry was at his best when he drove to the basket under control, attracted defensive attention and then whipped crafty passes to teammates. He did that often over the final five games of the season.
But I don’t think Bembry has played enough minutes in a regular role to get a good sense of his NBA potential. That means GM Travis Schlenk won’t have much to go on in terms of live games when he decides whether to pick up Bembry’s 2019-20 contract option for $2.6 million by the October deadline. Bembry figures to have plenty of competition: the Hawks added Antonius Cleveland and Jaylen Morris as developmental wings, and could add more in the draft.