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Jaren Jackson Jr.

Top Five Comps: (1) Jayson Tatum, (2) Kristaps Porzingis, (3) Shane Battier, (4) Metta World Peace, (5) Victor Oladipo

What It Means: This result, at first glance, seems rather strange. Jackson is 6-foot-11 and tips the scale past 240 pounds, and most of his top rookie comps are smaller wings? It makes sense for a few reasons. The first is that Jackson’s rebounding (just 4.8 per game) is rather light for a big; this seems like a concern, but the nearby presence of Marc Gasol diminishes his individual rebounding opportunities, and Jackson’s contested-rebound rate is one of the best in the league.

And outside that area, Jackson’s comps speak well to his potential as the ideal modern center. Like Porzingis, he actually does mix elements of a wing’s skill set with elements of a big’s. If he were 3 inches shorter and just a small forward, he would still have a bright future; look at how eerily similar his key rookie numbers are to Tatum’s. They were even both 19 years old!

Jackson: 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists; 60 percent TS, 25 percent 3PAr, 32 percent FTR

Tatum: 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists; 59 percent TS, 29 percent 3PAr, 31 percent FTR

But Jackson is 3 inches taller than Tatum, and, compared with his peers, he gets to the free throw line more than Ayton and shoots 3s at a better clip than Trae Young. Plus he is already a game-changing defensive force, allowing opponents to shoot less than 50 percent at the rim—a top-five mark in the whole league, and a skill that is generally stable year after year and predictive even partway through a player’s first season.

No player in NBA history, rookie or up-and-coming star or veteran, has evercombined Jackson’s 3-point, block, and true shooting rates. This result doesn’t mean he’s necessarily Tatum crossed with Porzingis, but you’d be forgiven for dreaming of the possibility.


If this is even half true then JB needs to be taken out back and put down for not maximizing him;  and Wallace needs to be publicly flogged for not already shifting roster to the new Jaren led era.      A mix of Tatum and Porzingod?!!??   That is insane! 

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