September 5, 2017, 11:54 pm
Hoop Ball Kings is proud to bring you the ninth installment of a brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season. Over the next two months we will be doing a roundtable series which involves all three of our writers here at Hoop Ball Kings. We’ll be discussing various topics including season projections for each player on the Kings roster, record predictions and more.
First and foremost, we will run through every player currently on the Kings roster and provide our personal predictions for their output this season.
Justin Jackson joins Sacramento hot off a national championship with North Carolina. He was one of, if not the best player on the Kings during Summer League and showed everyone how his game can potentially translate to the NBA. In his final year at UNC, he posted averages of 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 32.0 minutes per game (40 games) on 44.3 percent shooting from the field (37.0 percent shooting from three).
He showcased his ability to create offense and knock down open threes during summer league. He has a nice floater too which was almost automatic. Jackson’s game, especially at this stage in his career, is comparable to someone like Omri Casspi; with his 3-point shooting ability and knack for making running floaters. He has all the tools to be a solid player right out of the gate.
However, will the playing time be in order for Jackson during his rookie season? Or will he be a casualty of the Kings’ depth on the wings?
Stat-line Prediction: 5.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks. 43.2% FG, 39% 3PT, 79% FT.
Jackson will struggle to find playing time in his first season. Guys like Hield, Temple, Bogdanovic and even Carter could all get minutes ahead of the rook. He’s going to get limited time on the court and it’ll be on him to prove his worth and earn more. He could very well end up playing over 15 minutes per game come season’s end, but at this stage he may be looking at a few DNP-CDs early on.
If he does happen to get playing time, he should be quite effective for the Kings. He’ll struggle defensively because of his thin frame, but as a source of offense and his ability to space the floor, he’ll be perfect. Having someone like Vince Carter as a mentor is huge for his development too, so spending some time on the bench watching guys like Carter do their thing won’t be a bad thing at all.
Stat-line Prediction: 6.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks. 45% FG, 32% 3PT, 72% FT.
Jackson turned himself into a solid 3-point shooter while at North Carolina. Whether that will translate to the NBA is yet to be seen. If he can knock down some threes on a regular basis, he’ll do something Ben McLemore was never able to in his years with the team.
Jackson is part of a talented rookie core that looks to change the future of the Kings, but he’ll have less expectations than a player like De’Aaron Fox when the season begins.
He’ll probably have some games where he scores double digits easily and also some where he barely puts up a basket. He showed he could score with ease during Summer League, but also had some hiccups, as most rookies will. Jackson looks to be a streaky player and that could help him or hurt him when it comes to seeing playing time under Dave Joerger.
Stat-line Prediction: 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks. 42% FG, 35% 3PT, 74% FT.
Despite being picked 10 spots behind De’Aaron Fox in the 2017 NBA draft, Justin Jackson may have the biggest role of any rookie in the team’s early season rotation. Jackson has the benefit of being one of the more experienced rookies on the roster, and the team’s relative lack of depth at his natural position gives him much less competition than other young players on the roster.
With that said, Jackson isn’t likely to have a huge role in the offense, at least not until he’s proved that he’s earned one. His shooting will be relied on at times, but the coaching staff will also take a strong look at his ability to fit in on both ends of the floor.
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April 25, 2019, 2:06 amLou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams went off for 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in a 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Williams went 1-of-2 from deep and 8-of-9 from the stripe. He also contributed four rebounds and 10 assists to the stat sheet. When the Clippers were down 118-117 with under two minutes left, Williams hit a 4-point play to go up three points. After that play, he made two more buckets to widen the gap to 125-118. Williams iced the game for the Clippers and he is one of the cogs that keeps the team successful when he is on his game.
April 25, 2019, 2:00 amPatrick Beverley - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley put up 17 points with 14 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
He shot 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-11 from 3-point territory. His attitude and energy provide the young Clippers much-needed confidence. His defense and toughness have helped the Clippers push this series to six games and possibly further, which is something many people would have counted out before the playoffs started.
April 25, 2019, 1:53 amDanilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari put up 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting in a team-high 42 minutes as the Clippers beat the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday to avoid elimination.
He did not shoot the ball well from beyond the arc as he went 3-of-11, but he did shoot 5-of-6 from the stripe. He also contributed seven rebounds, two assists and one steal to the box score. Gallinari has not been efficient during this series, and it is quite disappointing to see him taking a dip from his high level of production in the regular season. Gallinari will need to bring another performance like this one if the Clippers hope to force a Game 7.
April 25, 2019, 1:44 amMontrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell played well in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday as he had 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting in 27 minutes of action.
He added five rebounds, two assists and one block while shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from the line. Harrell provided energy and paint dominance for the Clippers throughout this game, which lifted them to a win to force a Game 6. Harrell's only block came late in the fourth quarter on a Kevon Looney dunk attempt, which shifted momentum in the Clippers' favor.
April 25, 2019, 1:38 amJaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green started in Game 5 and scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three triples in 27 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors on Wednesday.
Green was guarding Kevin Durant for much of his court time during Game 4, and Game 5 was no different. Durant is unguardable, so the 45 points that he scored is not Green's fault. He has been playing well in the starting lineup and there is no reason to believe that his role will change for Game 6.
April 25, 2019, 1:29 amStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry scored 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in Game 5 as the Warriors lost to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors are still up by one game in the series, but it would have been nice to end it on their home court. Curry added three rebounds, four assists, and one block to the box score while shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Curry has had a phenomenal series thus far, which is seemingly inevitable with the Warriors' stars. The rest of the roster will need to step up in order to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:20 amKlay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson followed up his 32-point performance in Game 4 with a 22-point outing in Game 5 on 9-of-20 shooting in a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
He made four triples while adding three rebounds and two assists to the box score. Thompson is having a solid series with averages of 18.3 points and 2.5 triples per game in the first four games, The Warriors will have another chance to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:14 amKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant put up 45 points on 14-of-26 shooting with six rebounds and six assists in a Game 5 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors had a chance to end the series tonight but could not capitalize as they got absolutely torched by Lou Williams down the stretch. Durant added two steals, one block and five 3-pointers to the box score. He was their main scoring option down the stretch and really kept them in the game, but Williams got the best of him and pulled out the win.
April 24, 2019, 11:13 pmChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul got it done in Wednesday night's win over the Jazz, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three turnovers.
Paul finished this series scoring 17.4 points on 46 percent shooting, both above his regular season averages. He has a habit of increasing his production in the post season and should continue to be a linchpin for the Houston offense as long as he stays healthy.
April 24, 2019, 11:02 pmClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela looked healthy in Wednesday's 100-93 win over the Jazz, scoring 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
Coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that Capela was feeling a lot better and it certainly looked it tonight. The lob-catching big man is essential to Houston's playoff success and could be in for a huge role in a potential showdown with the Warriors.