Most people in the Kings' community were excited to see this guy come, and people aren't particularly thrilled with his production now, but it's not like Omri Casspi is exactly tearing it up in Cleveland, so I'll take his athleticism, length and work ethic over Omri Casspi any day.
J.J. Hickson hasn't been great on the floor. He's shooting just 33 percent on the floor in the month of January, and his stats remained the same even though he was moved to the starting rotation after the injury of Chuck Hayes.
Although Paul Westphal praised him for his outstanding condition coming into camp, it seems as if Hickson failed to work on his post moves during the offseason.
He seems to have the work ethic, assuming his tweets of him working out every day are true, and the right attitude, but facing up down on the post every time probably doesn't give him the best chance to consistently score.
He mentioned that people will be surprised that he can now shoot a mid-range shot, which he did not have last season. But like any player who worked on the outside shot during the offseason, Hickson seems like he's too much in love with the idea that he can be a stretch power forward.
Either way, the Kings still got the better end of the trade. J.J. Hickson is an athletic big man who is cheap and can provide energy off the bench of any team in this league. He still needs to develop, but for the price that the Kings are paying him, you can't complain much. It's just sad to see a gifted athlete like him struggle.
The first-round draft pick sent to the Cavaliers is also lottery-protected, so that's another win for the Kings.
Many people were hoping this guy would crack the starting rotation and provide some great numbers. Maybe not a 20-10 average but a potential player who can provide that on any given night.
Grade: C-, He just needs to take smarter shots.