Jenkins to play in D-League Showcase

John Jenkins remains on NBA Development League assignment with Idaho. The plan is for the Hawks guard to play in the D-League Showcase this weekend.

Jenkins missed Idaho’s last two games after suffering a mild left hamstring strain. The 2012 first-round pick returned to join the Hawks on their current road trip and be re-evaluated. He will re-join Idaho in Santa Cruz, Calif. for its Showcase game against Oklahoma City Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

“It was real slight,” Jenkins said of the injury. “The guy kind of hit my knee and luckily it was my hamstring. It’s fine now. We were just being cautious.”

Jenkins was sent to play for Idaho by the flexible assignment rule. Idaho is the affiliate of the Jazz. The Hawks’ D-League affiliate is Fort Wayne, an organization they share with 12 other NBA teams. Jenkins said Idaho plays a style similar to that of the Hawks.

“Definitely, the way the ball moves a little bit better and the flow of the offense is way different than Fort Wayne,” Jenkins said. “All though we won more and I scored more points in Fort Wayne, it fits me more perfect out there.”

This is Jenkins’ second D-League assignment this season. He played five games for Fort Wayne and four for Idaho. In the nine games, he is averaging 18.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Jenkins joined Idaho and helped them snap a losing streak.

“It’s been great,” Jenkins said of the assignment. “They had lost 13 straight and we finally got a win. Being part of that was fun. Just playing well, and just playing period, was good for me.”