[Archive] Scouting Report: J.J. Hickson


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J.J. Hickson
Position: PF/C
Hgt: 6'9"
Wgt: 242
Age: 22
Number: ?
Nickname: JJ
College: North Carolina State
Yrs with Team: 0
Yrs in League: 3
Previous Teams: Cavaliers ('08-'11)
How Acquired: trade for Omri Casspi (Jun '11)
Contract: 2011-12: $2.4mil
Strengths: athleticism around rim, scoring instincts, coming on as rebounder
Weaknesses: defensive focus, inconsistency, shot selection, undersized when forced to play center

Offense (Scoring & Passing)
Aggressive offensive player. Good athlete who attacks the rim hard when in close and on the break. Things get dicier the further from the hoop he is. Post moves are still rudimentary, and does not have a goto player's game at this point. Jumper is shaky, and during the first half of last season fell in love with it and settled far too often before his coach (Byron Scott) benched him and tamed it out of him. Not a passer at this point in his career.

Defense & Rebounding
Not known as a strong defensive player, but comes up with some highlight reel blocks. As with many areas, overall focus and inconsistency are problems. Athletic with long arms but not a big shotblocker. Uses athleticism on the offensive boards, and after coming into conflict with his coach early last season for lacksadaisical play everywhere but as a scorer, upped his rebounding in a big way the 2nd half of the season and was a double double man after the All Star break.

Has a rep as a young player who is still sloppy mentally and not yet doing the things that winners have to do. Came into conflict with his hardnosed coach (Byron Scott) last year, and the conflict seemed to do him some good, as he was much stronger and more focused the second half of the season and put up some impressive numbers. Still needs to shake the impression that he is playing for stats and doesn't do the little things.

Stats 10-11: 28.2min 13.8pts (.458 FG% .000 3pt% .673 FT%) 8.7reb 1.1ast 0.6stl 0.7blk 2.2TO
Stats Career: 20.9min 9.1pts (.495 FG% .000 3pt% .675 FT%) 5.7reb 0.6ast 0.4stl 0.6blk 1.4TO
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