Cavanaugh Makes NBA Debut with Atlanta Hawks

Cavanaugh debuted for the Hawks on Sunday
Nov. 6, 2017

Former GW men's basketball star Tyler Cavanaugh made his NBA debut on Sunday as the Atlanta Hawks took a 117-115 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cavanaugh had an eventful 24 hours as the first-year pro found out Saturday he would be called up by the Hawks in advance of their game against the three-time reigning Eastern Conference Champions the following day. The team officially announced the roster move Sunday morning, with Cavanaugh inking a two-way contract and then suiting up that afternoon.

With 1:13 left in the first quarter, Cavanaugh checked in for his first action. The Syracuse, N.Y., native played three minutes and grabbed a rebound in the victory. He had previously played in one game for the Erie BayHawks, Atlanta's G League affiliate. On Friday night, he tallied 19 points (8-13 FGs, 3-5 3pt.), 11 boards, a block and a steal in 35 minutes.

He was also a member of the Hawks' Summer League team, competing in Las Vegas this past July. He originally signed with the Hawks on Sept. 6 and appeared in four preseason contests, before he was waived on Oct. 13.

Cavanaugh's two-way contract with the Hawks allows him to primarily play for the BayHawks but spend up to 45 days with Atlanta. He is the second Colonial to play in the NBA in the 2017 calendar year, after Patricio Garino appeared in five games for the Orlando Magic in April.



"I'm happy for Tyler and the opportunity he has earned to live out his dream," said head coach Maurice Joseph. "His tireless work ethic has opened doors for him and it will continue to benefit him in his professional playing career. We are all ecstatic for him here in Foggy Bottom and are proud to call him a Colonial."