John Jenkins to Atlanta Hawks: Scouting Reports, Video Highlights and Analysis
The 6'4'', 215-pound shooting guard out of Vanderbilt—John Jenkins—has all of the intangibles it takes to make an instant impact on any NBA roster.
Jenkins' junior year production of 19.9 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting from the field and 43.9 shooting from beyond-the-arc shows that he's ready to step right in and make an impact in the NBA.
What Jenkins Brings To The Team
There are certainly aspects of his game that Jenkins needs to work on—from bringing the intensity he shows on offense to every possession on the defensive side of the ball to adding strength to his underwhelming frame.
With that being said, Jenkins has one of the quickest releases in this year's draft class. In a lot of respects, Jenkins' jumper has as quick a release as players like Kevin Durant and Ray Allen, which certainly says something about his potential.
In a league where pure scoring is a must, the deep range and clutch factor of Jenkins' game is one of the most valuable assets any team acquired in the 2012 NBA draft. Jenkins brings immediate scoring to the table, and that makes him a very valuable pick.
What Experts Are Saying About Jenkins
Jenkins isn't the most complete player coming out of the draft by any means, but it does look like he's doing one thing extremely well—shooting the rock. ESPN's Chad Ford reports that most NBA scouts think Jenkins is the best pure shooter coming out of the draft.
"Most scouts believe Jenkins is the best shooter in the draft (a few give Kentucky Wildcats guard Doron Lamb the edge). He looked much stronger and bouncier than he did at Vanderbilt. If he can tighten up the handle, he could have a long career in the NBA."
It's clear that if Jenkins puts the work in, he'll be able to have a productive and long-lived career in the NBA.
Jenkins' Rookie Impact
Jenkins won't find his name on the starting lineup to start off the season. But with some hard work and learning, he can quickly become a productive player coming off the bench.
Jenkins' ability to create shots for himself off the dribble and hit long-range jumpers off screens will help him be one of the more productive players coming out of the 2012 NBA Draft.
His lack of athleticism on the defensive side of the ball will hold him back during his rookie year, but luckily for Jenkins, the NBA is focused more on pure scoring than it is on pure defensive abilities.
Jenkins is a pure, cold-blooded shooter. Although I don't believe he'll ever be a star in this league, the ability to do one thing exceptionally well will make him a valuable role player for the Hawks.
And you never know; every three-ball he knocks down could could help offset the horrible shots Josh Smith takes. Perhaps, even, this is a hint that J-Smoove is on the way out.
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