Apr 16, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard John Jenkins (12) pulls up for a shot over Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Raptors won 113-96. Mandatory Credit: ...
Apr 16, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard John Jenkins (12) pulls up for a shot over Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Raptors won 113-96. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports
John Jenkins, AKA J-Lo, made a name for himself with Hawks fans around mid-March when he dropped four double digit scoring outputs in about two weeks of play. In case you’ve been under a rock for the entire season, here’s a little more information on John Logan Jenkins.
Author’s Note: I know what you’re thinking, reader… “A rock?! Who does this Barnes guy think he is? I’ve already paid off my mortgage!” If that’s not the case, well, I hope you enjoy this anyway. Carry on.
At the end of the 2011-2012 season, I was looking forward to the draft. As my first draft as an obsessed Hawks fan, I took it upon myself to do as much research as possible on every player that was projected to wiggle through David Stern’s lips when he says, “With the 23rd pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, the ‘Atlaynta Hahwks’ select ____________.” Naturally, I googled “NBA Mock Draft 2012″ and found myself jumping around several draft specific websites. After watching old games on my WatchESPN app, YouTube scouting reports, and workout videos, I was enamored with several players. Jeffrey Taylor, Tony Wroten Jr, Fab Melo, Jared Cunningham, Festus Ezeli, and many others made their way onto my iPad’s screen as I analyzed their games like I knew how to at the time: smile at pretty basketball.
But then life threw me a curveball and the Hawks hired Danny Ferry. Should that have affected my scouting? Probably not, except for the fact that he traded away (my hero dream-killer) Joe Johnson and (my other hero) Marvin Williams (Who am I kidding? Even Utah is tired of Marvin already.) I was sent through a metaphorical loop and I had no clue who the Hawks would draft. Talk about a wild June, eh?
On draft night, I sat on pins and needles (literally just kidding, I own a couch) as I anxiously awaited David Stern to call out the 23rd pick. My mind was all over the place.
“Please Jeffrey Taylor. Please Jeffrey Taylor. Please Jeffrey Taylor,” I pleaded as the commish approached the podium. I loved his work at Vanderbilt and I thought he would fit in well after the recent acquisition of Lou Williams (who was I kidding?).
“With the 23rd pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, the ‘Atlaynta Hahwks’ select John Jenkins from Vanderbilt.”
My head was buried in my hands.
“What did Ferry just do! Wait, who is this guy?”
I realized that I had never heard of John Jenkins, much less “scouted” him. I had so many questions running through my head.
“Is he good? Can he shoot (stupid question)? How did I not notice him in Vanderbilt games? Is he really a first-round pick?”
If I remember right, Tom Penn of ESPN led off the Pick No. 23 “coverage” by mentioning how teams late in the first-round tend to lean toward specialists, from shooters to rim protectors to defensive specialists. Well, we certainly grabbed a specialist alright.
And, as of right now, I couldn’t be happier.
Now that we’re done with my attempt at creative writing, let’s dig into J-Lo’s game, shall we?
The Henderson, Tennessee native had a solid rookie season in the league. He averaged 6.1 points and 14.8 minutes a game. Think that’s not very good? Put him in a starting role and have him play 36 minutes and his points bump up to 14.9 a game. His shooting percentages weren’t stupendous, but he proved that his stroke is gorgeous and I have complete faith in him to work on his game this offseason and make any small tweaks he thinks he needs.
Speaking of this offseason, where does J-Lo go from here? I recently came across this brief piece from David Thorpe of ESPN.com an