The Houston Rockets have traded a fan favorite 3rd rotation PG Aaron Brooks to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a young developing wing player in Jordan Hamilton. This trade seems rather subtle in comparison to Daryl Morey's penchant for being trigger happy during the dwindling seconds of the trade deadline. So for those who are scratching their heads, I know what many of you are thinking. What in the hell is a Jordan Hamilton?
Measured at being 6'8 (More like 6'6-7-ish), 228 lbs, and moderately athletic, Jordan Hamilton was playing "put the ball in the bucket" for the University of Texas during 2009-2011
Drafted in the 1st round, 26th overall by the Dallas Mavericks, he found himself on a Denver Nuggets squad, playing scarce rotation minutes.
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Looking through sources such as Draftexpress.com, nbadraft.net (provides comedy), and youtube videos, I feel like I can come up with one single definitive statement. This kid can shoot. He possesses solid shooting mechanics, a high release point, a quick trigger, and he squares up well with the basket. He also has a nice soft touch around the basket, using a nice floater/runner, making acrobatic, contested circus shots that remind you of a certain Antoine Jamison. He also has a nice game in the post, using his size, length and nimble footwork to exploit mismatches in the paint. With nice offensive tools, decent fundamentals and solid footwork, he can score pretty much anywhere on the court.
Efficiency isn’t a word that I would use to describe his game. He’s a chucker simply put. Volume scorer if you will. He’s one of those J.R. Smith-incarnate, Bynum-at-practice, Melo type of players that will shoot when given the ball. They don’t necessarily have to be good shots, but up the ball will go. Shot selection is something that he needs to work on, easily seen in his UT days where he would force shots left and right, bailing the defense out any given day of the week.
He does not possess a good first step, so when he is unable to get by his man he’s more than happy to settle for a contested jumper. Which leads to another thing, he’s not great at shooting off the dribble. While a decent player off the ball, his slashing game leaves much to be desired. When offenses get stagnant, he also has a tendency to force shots. So let’s break this down:
Inefficient + Bad shot choices + Forced shots = Bad
With poor lateral quickness, terrible defensive fundamentals, his defense is well… uninspired. He likes to gamble for steals, bite on pump-fakes, and has a poor defensive stance that allows players to blow right by him. To summarize, all offense but no defense, a Houston Rocket he makes.
What does that leave us?
He’s only 23. If we can get him to buy in on our offensive philosophy, than by all means he has the necessary tools to excel. He’s an above average 3-PT shooter, and he has a myriad of ways to make shots in the paint. While he’s going to battle Casspi and Garcia for minutes, I don’t really believe there’s going to be a drop off in defensive presence. He is more athletic than the two of them combined so hopefully we can develop him into a solid rotation player as our new christened "3&D" guy.
But what about Brooks?
He wanted more playing time, with the Denver Nuggets shipping out Andre Miller and Ty Lawson battling injuries, he has a better chance at getting solid burn night in and night out. As #3 on our depth chart, barring injuries, his best chance for contribution was an undersized shooting guard. He agreed to the trade, and while we lose some depth for our PG rotation, we gain a young solid wing that can hopefully contribute sooner rather than later to relieve Parsons reliably.
I personally think that this is one of those "right talent in the right system." I believe that he can thrive in our system but only as long as he’s willing to play defense. I mean the bar isn’t that high, so I’m crossing my fingers on him. So thanks for reading, I hope I haven’t wasted your day, and I would like to believe that I helped in answering "What the hell is a Jordan Hamilton?"