The Denver Nuggets believe they found a gem when they got rookie Jordan Hamilton (who was drafted with the 26th pick) in the Andre Miller-Raymond Felton trade.
Hamilton, who turns 21 today, had a stellar career at Texas before leaving after his sophomore year.
He averaged 18.6 points and 7.7 rebounds during his sophomore year and provides the Nuggets with a little flash that they will miss now that JR Smith is playing overseas in China.
Hamilton, who plays both small forward and shooting guard, has an offensive spark in his game with an ability to drive to the basket and also cashing in from behind the arc. His defense is still far behind his offense, but his length and athleticism will in time be a valuable assets at the NBA level.
Some have compared him to Tracy McGrady, others to Paul Pierce – but comparisons to Stephen Jackson seem more likely. Lets just say, if he makes it to Jackson’s level the Nuggets will be happy.