Getting To Know Jordan Hamilton

  • FULL NAME: Jordan Christian Hamilton
  • SIZE: 6-foot-8 1/2, 228-pounds
  • AGE: 21 (turns 22 on Oct. 6)
  • POSITION: Small Forward/Shooting Guard
  • DRAFTED: 26th pick by Dallas in 2011 Draft (traded to Denver in three-way trade.
  • FIVE DEGREES OF DENVER NUGGETS: Hamilton will be the second former Longhorns to play for the Nuggets. LaSalle Thompson played for the Nuggets in 1996, before finishing the season with the Indiana Pacers.
  • WHAT THEY SAID: ‘I love Hamilton’s ability, his versatility, athleticism, ability to shoot the 3,’ Former college coach Dick Vitale.
  • FACTOIDS: Went to Dominguez High School in California, which was the same high school that Tyson Chandler, Brandon Knight and Tayshaun Prince attended. Repeated his freshman year.
  • STRENGTHS: Polished scorer, excellent shooter with deep range, excellent running the floor, good handle, improving passer, good rebounder, not afraid to the dirty work. (ESPN) Confident wing player with a strong frame and excellent scoring ability. Can score in a variety of ways. Able to use his strength and size (6’8.5″ in shoes with a 6’9.5″ wingspan) in the post against smaller players. Adept at getting open without the ball. A spot-up shooter who doesn’t hesitate to fire if left open. Shows great shooting mechanics. Doesn’t need a lot of room to get his shot off. Adapted very well to the “Jerry Sloan offense” implemented on the Longhorns by head coach Rick Barnes, which suggests he is capable of playing well in an advanced offensive system at the next level. Strong rebounder for a wing player (7.7 rebounds per game) thanks to his size and tenacity. Solid passer who is capable of finding teammates when they are open. Good open court speed, with a willingness to push and a good understanding of how to finish fast-break opportunities. (NBADRAFT.NET)
  • WEAKNESSES: Lacks lateral quickness, can get a little selfish, shot selection is questionable. (ESPN) Often criticized for being a poor team player, but has greatly improved in this area. Still tends to take ill-advised shots. Average athleticism and below average lateral quickness hurt him defensively. Isn’t much of a slasher right now, would rather dribble once or twice and pull-up for a jump shot. Doesn’t get to the line very much, which hurts his consistency/efficiency some. A bit of a streak shooter, which can be a strength or a weakness depending on the day. (NBADRAFT.NET)
  • BOX SCORE IMPACT: As a sophomore, Hamilton was the Texas Longhorn leading scorer, with 18.6 points a game. It was more than an eight point improvement from his freshman year. He also was second on the squad in rebounds (7.7), right behind teammate Tristan Thompson (7.8), who was selected fourth in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Hamilton shot the ball respectfully, hitting 44 percent of his shots and shooting .385 from behind the arc and a modest .779 from the charity stripe. Hamilton played arguably his best game in college when the Longhorns hosted Texas A&M and Hamilton led all scorers with 27 points and chipped in eight rebounds.
  • SHORT TERM ROLE: There is still no guarantee that Hamilton will see playing time. However, if both Wilson Chandler and JR Smith leave it will open a lot of playing time for the rookie. However, if the Nuggets add some veterans don’t be surprised if Hamilton spends much of his first year on the bench.
  • LONG TERM ROLE: Well, the Nuggets do need a closer… But Hamilton could develop into a very solid sixth man in the League. He has great size and good shooting touch and could spell Danilo Gallinari and Arron Afflalo.

Tags: Arron Afflalo Brandon Knight Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets Dick Vitale George Karl Indiana Pacers J.R. Smith Jerry Sloan Jordan Hamilton Rick Barnes Tayshaun Prince Tristan Thompson Tyson Chandler Wilson Chandler

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