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Your Morning Dump… The Celtics like Reggie Jackson

Chuck - Red's Army June 15, 2011 Uncategorized 6 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Draft

SI.com – Mock Draft

Since I've spent approximately 32 seconds analyzing the Celtics draft prospects, let's go to ESPN's Chad Ford for insight into Jackson:

Ironically, in a small way, Boston College's best scorer has a better upside as a defender in the NBA. On offense, quickness is the ultimate weapon, as it allows for the ability to get by people or draw a foul call, thanks to the more stringent way NBA games are called now when a player's progress is impeded by a defender.

But on defense, that weapon is length (not height). I don't focus on wingspan as much as sleeve length, and Jackson appears to have the kind of arms that will require a tailor for all his shirts and suits going forward. Length makes a difference as an on-ball defender, allowing for more space to be provided the ball handler while still being able to influence a dribble, pass or shot. This gives the defender more "reward" plays with less "risk," which is always a good formula. Long arms will help Jackson deny his man better, as well as make plays as a helper. He has not shown any great ability to be a chaos creator while at BC, though that could easily be due to strategic decisions made by the staff, or because Jackson needed to save some energy for his offense. But until he commits to being a difference-maker on defense, he's just a "potential" guy on that side of the court.

It's safe to say Doc Rivers would sign-off on any guy with such defensive potential. But I'm just not excited about any combo guard. Wake me when they sniff out a big man.

The rest of the links:

CSNNE – Celtics title enhanced by Heat failure | ESPN – Bracelet? No thanks, Dirk, Mavs want rings |

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    http://www.nbadraft.net/players/trey-thompkins They along with HoopsHype have him with our 25th pick. Makes sense to me. DraftExpress puts him to Indy in the 2nd round.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    Chad Ford came out with his mock 5.0 today and has us taking jeremy tyler, which would be interesting given his enormous potential that you don’t usually have a chance to draft with the 25th pick in the draft

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    After consuming an entire hour watching YouTubes and reading expert analysis on both players, I like Trey better. He seems much less of a ‘project’ than does Tyler. The biggest knock on Thompkins is his ‘conditioning’ which would seem to be the easiest thing to fix and he sure looks fit to me.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    we all know the to the big man question is kevin pittsnogle!!!!!!
    # Named to 2007 CBA All-Star Team
    # Named to 2007 CBA All Rookie Team

  • http://profile.typepad.com/thetitleisours Thetitleisours Mkay

    I am OK with Trey Thompkins or Reggie Jackson. Drafting this late I tend to look at a players Free Throw shooting. To me that is an indication of hard work and discipline.
    Both players are decent at the line.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    And Trey Thompkins hit 38% from beyond the arc.