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Omari Spellman says he went to the G League because he ‘was fat’

Atlanta Hawks forward Omari Spellman went to the G League to get back in shape.

Per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 21-year-old was brutally honest on why he was sent to the Erie BayHawks back on Dec. 30:

Now, the Villanova stand-out is back with the Hawks. In their most recent game — a 114-133 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks —  Spellman played 30 minutes and put up 13 points, six rebounds, four blocks, and one assist. He took the starting power forward spot in place of Dewayne Dedmon, who is out with an ankle injury.

For the season, the 30th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft is averaging 5.7 points and 4.0 rebounds. Per Mike Ashmore of The Trentonian, the 6-foot-9 Spellman spoke about his time in the G League. He feels that he isn’t fully done with the developmental league, noting that he has to maintain his professionalism if he wants to stay in the league for long:

“You’ve got to remain on your game and remain being a professional, or the game finds a way to take care of you. I don’t want to be one of those guys who gets taken care of in a negative way. … I understood in being real with myself the things that I haven’t been doing, and I wanted to make that the first step in being a better professional than I had been being at the start of this year.”

The Hawks will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.