Situational Statistics: the 2011 Wing Crop June 22, 2011 Jordan Hamilton's 0.978 PPP overall ranks right in the middle of the class at eighth overall, but he does it on a fifth-best 18.7 possessions per game. His overall efficiency is dragged down by Texas' deliberate style, as he saw just 10.1% of his possessions in transition, second lowest of all wings.
If we look just at half-court efficiency, Hamilton gets bumped up to sixth overall at 0.957 PPP, doing so in spite of ranking just 15th in free throw rate, only getting to the line on a paltry 8.0% of possessions.
Hamilton sees the majority of his possessions spotting up at 25.2% where he scores a fourth best 1.112 PPP. He also sees a large number of possessions coming off screens (14.5%), but his 0.847 PPP ranks only 11th there.
Hamilton's 8.2% of possessions coming on post ups is second highest among wings, while he scores a solid 1.073 PPP in those instances, giving him a unique facet to his game at his size.
Hamilton unsurprisingly gets 64.4% of his shots of the jump shot variety, fourth highest in the class, but his 1.016 PPS ranks just seventh overall. Hamilton's 1.19 PPS finishing around the basket similarly ranks just eighth in the class.
Hamilton was certainly a volume scorer, but his efficiency leaves something to be desired as indicated by these figures. Improving his ability to get all the way to the rim and draw fouls would make him a much more effective scorer. [Read Full Article] Jordan Hamilton Video Breakdown June 7, 2011 We take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of Jordan Hamilton, with the help of Texas game-film from this past season.
NBA Combine Interviews: Kawhi Leonard, Hamilton, Thompson, Lee May 21, 2011
[Read Full Article] Analyzing the 2011 NBA Combine Measurements May 21, 2011 Jordan Hamilton's (6-6 ¾ without shoes, 6-9 ½ wingspan, 228 pounds) also measured out larger than expected, and is right on par with a handful of successful NBA small forwards. Joe Johnson (6-6 ¾ without shoes, 6-9 wingspan) is an almost identical match for Hamilton physically, while he has better height and similar length to the likes of DeMar DeRozan, J.R. Smith and Evan Turner. [Read Full Article]
NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Jordan Hamilton December 22, 2010 Jonathan Givony
After a somewhat disappointing freshman season, both individually and certainly from a team perspective, Texas swingman Jordan Hamilton has bounced back and emerged as one of the best scorers in college basketball.
Never really finding his groove coming off the bench on a team featuring three players picked in the 2010 draft, Hamilton was incredibly inconsistent from game to game last year, showing significant issues with his shot-selection, defense and in turn his body language when faced with adversity.
With Damion James, Avery Bradley, and Dexter Pittman now out of the way, Hamilton has moved into a role as Texas' number one option, a situation that suits his style of play and alpha-dog mentality much better. Hamilton's numbers are up across the board, as he's scoring an excellent 23.1 points per-game pace adjusted and shooting 46% from the field (42.9% 3P), while rebounding the ball significantly better and posting a much-improved assist to turnover ratio.
Hamilton's biggest strengths as an NBA prospect clearly revolve around his terrific scoring instincts and shot-making ability. He has NBA-plus range on his jumper, being absolutely deadly with his feet set, and showing a quick, compact release that allows him to catch the ball and get it off in one swift motion. He's shooting almost six 3-pointers a game but is making 43% of his attempts, despite the fact that opposing defenses are almost always geared toward stopping him.
Hamilton is nowhere near as effective shooting off the dribble, though, as his somewhat rigid, unorthodox shooting mechanics are much better suited for catching and shooting than they are for making pull-up jumpers, where he converts just 28% of his attempts.
As a slasher, Hamilton is a mixed bag at this point, as evidenced by his somewhat underwhelming percentages scoring inside the arc over the past two seasons. An improvable ball-handler, Hamilton doesn't do a great job of creating high percentage shots for himself around the basket or in the mid-range area on a consistent basis.
Showing just an average first step, he struggles to fully beat his man off the dribble at times, instead just trying to power his way through the defense. Even when well-defended, he's liable to force a bad shot in these situations, leading to some very tough looks with a hand in his face.
Hamilton is such a gifted talent that he has the ability to convert many of these wild, contested runners, floaters and pull-ups from 8-12 feet away from the basket. Sometimes he'll do so from crazy angles and in spectacular fashion, thanks to his terrific touch, body control, multiple release points, and all-around scoring instincts.
Those aren't high-percentage shots for him or his team, though, and he has a tendency to overestimate himself and bail the defense out rather than trying to make it all the way to the basket and draw free throws. This hurts his efficiency and gives off the impression that he does not quite know what his limitations are at this point.
The NBA coach whose team ends up picking him will likely need to accept that he's going to take some bad shots every night, some of which will go in. Not having to worry about playing time and knowing that he'll have plenty of plays called for him all game long, he's gotten a little more unselfish this year and has seen his assist rate rise and turnover rate drop. He still has a tendency to hunt shots, though, as there are certain moments of the game in which Texas' offense will get stuck and he'll feel the need to be a hero and win games all by himself.
One place where Hamilton is looking significantly better this year is as a post-scorer. The Longhorns made some fundamental changes to their offense this past season, and are now incorporating some of the Utah Jazz's Flex offense in their half-court sets.
Hamilton has been absolutely terrific moving off the ball and utilizing these short curls for quick catch and shoot jumpers from the elbows, and has been even better sealing his man off on the block (a staple of the flex) and going to work. He has the ability to overpower defenders in the paint with his strong body, but also has the skill-level and finesse moves to utilize nifty footwork and finish in all kinds of creative ways around the paint, especially with his jump-hook. As a 6-7 shooting guard, this could give his NBA team another weapon to exploit mismatch opportunities, in addition to his perimeter shooting.
Probably the weakest aspect of Hamilton's game right now is his defensive presence. His fundamentals are extremely poor, as he regularly bites on pump-fakes, gambles for steals, falls down mid-possession, and is very upright in his stance, making it easy for opponents to blow by him. His lateral quickness looks average at best, and his intensity level isn't very high to compensate for that, as he just isn't physical enough, and doesn't seem to take very much pride in shutting down his man.
Even though he has the offensive skills to operate as a shooting guard in the NBA, his defensive shortcomings could very well push him to the 3, where he isn't quite as dangerous a mismatch.
All in all, Hamilton is clearly a big time offensive talent with a game that is probably better suited for the more wide-open style of the NBA. The superior spacing and faster pace of the professional game will make his shooting and overall scoring ability stand out even more. If he wants to reach his full potential, though, he must improve his mentality on both ends of the floor. [Read Full Article] NCAA Weekly Performers, 2/10/10 February 10, 2010 Matthew Kamalsky
One if the top recruits at his position in the country last season, Jordan Hamilton enrolled at Texas billed as a natural scorer with a good jump shot. While he’s certainly shown the ability to light up the scoreboard, his freshman campaign has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride.
After scoring a career high 27 points on 11-16 from the field in merely 19 minutes against Oklahoma State a little over a week ago, Hamilton came up with just 8 points in a 3-15 effort in a loss at Oklahoma a few days later. His play in that stretch was a microcosm of the season he’s had, and while he’s shown some major flaws in his game, Hamilton’s merits as a scorer certainly have the attention of NBA decision-makers.
From a physical standpoint, Hamilton is not the most intriguing physical specimen, as he isn’t a freak athlete, but his blend of size and scoring instincts are pretty impressive. Hamilton is more smooth than explosive, and while he displays good speed in the open floor, his lateral quickness leaves a bit to be desired defensively. At 6’7, and possessing some promising offensive tools, Hamilton’s athleticism will never be his calling card, but will be something to keep an eye on whenever he makes the transition to the next level.
The tools that Hamilton displays offensively at this juncture lie primarily in his ability to hit catch and shoot jumpers with his feet set. Nearly 73% of his shots are jumpers according to Synergy Sports Technology, and while he only makes a mediocre 34.3% of such shots, there are some specific situations where he excels. Hamilton is a tremendously consistent shooter when he’s left open in spot up situations–displaying very sound shooting form in the process. When given time and space, he is lights out.
However, his tendencies to pull up off the dribble and take questionable jumpers with a hand in his face severely limit his ability to be an efficient scorer. He’s prone to making rather selfish decisions with the ball as it stands, and will need to make some major adjustments to his shot selection and overall approach to the game moving forward.
When he isn’t looking for a chance to hoist up a perimeter shot, Hamilton displays an adequate first step and the ability to get to the rim off the bounce periodically. He doesn’t handle the ball that well with his left hand, though, and remains too eager to pull up when he sees space. At the rim, Hamilton is capable due to his creativity getting shots up on the rim, but he’s not spectacular, doesn’t draw contact at a good rate, and will need to either hone his midrange game or improve at the rim to reach his potential moving forward.
Defensively, Hamilton displays a decent activity level, making an effort to close out shooters, displaying active hands, and not backing down from a challenge one-on-one. If Hamilton can improve his fundamentals, put a consistent effort in at all times, and gain experience, he could become a solid defensive player at this level despite his lack of excellent lateral quickness. Whether those adjustments will afford him any type of success in NBA is something that will impact his perception as a prospect whenever he declares.
The roller coaster ride that has been Jordan Hamilton’s season isn’t over yet, and if he can string together some solid games down the stretch, they could go a long way towards improving his stock. He obviously has some NBA caliber tools, but his mentality offensively; coupled with his lack of efficiency and playmaking ability, seem to indicate that Hamilton could use a second season under Rick Barnes at Texas. Whether he opts to stay in school or declares for this year’s draft, Hamilton is a player to keep an eye on, as with a few adjustments, he could become an intriguing pro. [Read Full Article]
Jordan Brand Classic / International Game April 20, 2009 Jordan Hamilton had an impressive week, showing off his physical tools and his developing skill set, looking very much like he’s ready to step in at the small forward position next season. A good but not great athlete, Hamilton has great size for the 3, though he appears to have below average length. Hamilton applies his physical tools frequently in his play, being one of the more consistently aggressive players in attendance. Hamilton was relentless attacking the basket both in the half court and full court, finishing well around the basket and showing good ability to adjust his body in mid-air. One area Hamilton seems to really excel is at attacking the offensive glass, as he frequently flies in from nowhere to get a hand on the ball and make putbacks around the rim.
Skill-wise, Hamilton is still coming along, having a good handle in the open court and the ability to make subtle changes of direction in the half court, however he can get into trouble in tight situations and still could use more work on his advanced ball-handling. As a shooter, Hamilton has the basic foundation of his mechanics in place, however he gets inconsistent at times, specifically with the flaring out of his right elbow, leading to some bad misses. [Read Full Article] Initial Scouting Reports, High School Class of 2009 (#11-150 Recruits) July 30, 2008 We’ve evaluated Jordan Hamilton (#14 Scout, #12 Rivals, #13 ESPN) in extreme depth already (click his profile for more), but it’s important to note that he looks just as skilled as he did back in Orlando earlier this year.
He is a real scoring machine with a picture perfect stroke and the ability to create his own shot with ease at 6-7, although his average athleticism, poor body language and refusal to play any kind of defense are still major red flags. He’s going to be a major force at the collegiate level as a scoring threat from day one, though. [Read Full Article]
Top Prospects at the 2007 Amare Stoudemire Invitational Classic January 2, 2008 The MVP of this event ended up being versatile 6-7 junior swingman Jordan Hamilton (#15 Scout, #8 Rivals), not surprising considering that he led his talent-depleted team to the championship, sometimes completely taking them on his back. Hamilton is the type of scorer every college program would like to have, since he makes life very easy on his coach with the way he can create offense for himself at will off the dribble or with his shooting from behind the arc.
Standing 6-7, Hamilton has good size for either wing spot, and also an excellent frame that can probably get leaner, but clearly looks ready to compete at the Division I level despite his youth. Most players this size at this age need to make a transition to playing on the perimeter full time. Not Hamilton. He’s already 100% comfortable out on the wing, appearing to have played out there his entire life.
Hamilton is someone who will likely be an impact scorer already as a freshman in college. His instincts here are outstanding, showing terrific creativity creating his own shot, and being extremely strong with the ball looking to get to the rim. He has very nice ball-handling skills, showing an array of crossover moves and excellent body control in tight spaces to get around players and finish at the rim. He’s physical and aggressive, taking contact pretty well around the basket, although he could clearly still stand to improve his finishing ability with his left hand. He can stop and pop and has a solid mid-range game already, particularly pulling up off the dribble while going left, a move he can execute even while behind the 3-point arc. He’s an excellent perimeter shooter, blessed with beautiful mechanics and the size to get his shot off almost whenever he pleased. In short, Hamilton is a scorer through and through, and that isn’t likely to end anytime soon.
Hamilton played a bit of a point forward role for his team, often being the one responsible for bringing the ball up the floor and getting his team into their “offense.” This shouldn’t be confused with him possessing any point guard skills, though, as he’s someone who only seems to create for others as a last resort, only after the possibilities of scoring himself have been fully exhausted. Considering the way he plays, you might even lean towards calling him a bit of a selfish player, as he often dribbles the ball with his head down and seems to have a bit of a star mentality with the way he handles himself. He got pretty frustrated in the final game for example trying to show his go-to ability against a pretty tough defender in Solomon Hill, clearing out his teammates with a pretty rude “get out of my way!” To his credit, though, Hamilton’s team was not the most talented, and he needed to be a bit selfish at times if they were going to win. There is a way to go about these things, though, which he’ll probably learn in the future when he’s surrounded by more talented teammates.
Despite the many strengths outlined above, Hamilton has his fair share of weaknesses as you might expect from a player his age. For one, he’s not a great athlete by any stretch, lacking some quickness and explosiveness that doesn’t seem to hurt him too much at this level, but could become more noticeable in college. Defensively, he does not seem to put in a great effort, which is not a great sign considering that his potential is already a bit limited here due to his average wingspan and lateral quickness. There are some concerns about his upside, as he’s somewhat of a man amongst boys when looking at the physical strength advantage he possesses against most of his matchups at this level. And as mentioned, he has a bit of a star mentality when it comes to his attitude and ability to create for others.
With that said, he’s obviously an extremely talented scorer and will be a dangerous weapon at a high level in college, so he’s certainly someone to keep an eye on. [Read Full Article] LeBron James Skills Academy Final Day July 14, 2007 While he did not stand out in any one particular facet of the game, the L.A. wing was solid throughout the entire camp. He shot the ball very well from beyond the arc, used his explosive first step to get to the rim, and did a great job getting the ball to Samardo Samuels on the low blocks. The long athlete also did a great job of getting out in the passing lanes, deflecting or stealing a number of passes on the day. Texas appears to be the leader for this silky smooth wing, and expect this stud to make an immediate impact on whichever program lands his services in 2009. [Read Full Article]
Douai Tournament, Gearing Up for Summer Competitions June 9, 2007 Another interesting guy was Jordan Hamilton, a very well-built forward who emerged as the best shooter for the USA in that first game. He looked solid from the mid-range area, just to explode in garbage time with some impressive long-range bombs off the dribble, virtually shooting over his match-up. However, even if he looked like a decently athletic guy, he struggled trying to dribble past his opponents. [Read Full Article]