Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (2nd Round): Jordan Mickey

Jordan Mickey
PF
6'8, 235
LSU, So.
7/9/1994
Big Board Rank: 44




Jordan Mickey has announced intentions to enter the 2015 NBA Draft after a sophomore season where he was one of the country's top rebounders and shot blockers.  A long, athletic PF with a limited offensive game, Mickey offers greater potential on the defensive end of the floor.  Mickey earned second team All-SEC honors as a freshman, which he followed this year by being named first team All-SEC.  He was also an integral part of LSU's first NCAA tournament team since 2009, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking six shots in the lone tournament appearance of his career. He was also a big part of the team blowing a lead late against NC State in the Tigers' opening weekend loss.  Mickey missed his final six field goals, to go with missing his last four free throws.  Though his defensive potential and athleticism are intriguing, Mickey's lack of offense is discouraging.

Mickey became more productive in an increased role as a sophomore, increasing his per-game numbers in every statistic.  However, his improvements came at the cost of decreased efficiency.

Season
PPG
RPG
APG
BPG
FG%
FT%
FTr
2013-14
12.8
7.9
1.1
3.1
53.4%
69.5%
.407
2014-15
15.4
9.9
1.3
3.6
50.4%
64.6%
.388

Mickey posted a 56.6 TS% as a freshman, which took a dip to a not-so-impressive 53.3 TS% for his sophomore campaign.  Mickey's Free Throw Rate also decreased, despite being in an expanded role.  Though the offensive statistics are cause for concern, Mickey is a prospect because of his defense, which lived up to its billing.  Mickey led the nation in blocks per game in 2014-15.

STRENGTHS

Mickey is an impressive athlete with great length who cleans the glass and blocks shots excellently.  His upside on the defensive end is somewhat limited by a lack of size, but his 7'2 wingspan should make up for that.  Mickey's only strength on the offensive end of the floor is finishing ability.

WEAKNESSES

Mickey's offensive game has been slow to develop.  Although he is an okay mid-range shooter, his overall offensive game could be considered his main weakness at this point.  Also of concern is Mickey's size.  His listed 6'8 has only been  measured in shoes, which would be small for an NBA PF.

FIT WITH PISTONS/AVAILABILITY

Mickey's raw offensive game doesn't quite fit into the Pistons' four out, one in offense, but his athleticism and shot blocking ability would give the Pistons something they don't currently have.  That he shot alright from mid-range as a sophomore suggests that he may have some offensive skill he hasn't shown yet.  That being said, he seems like a poor fit for what Stan Van Gundy is trying to do in the frontcourt.  That all goes out the window if the Pistons have a C who can shoot the ball, a la Frank Kaminsky.  If that's the case, Mickey would fit nicely sharing the floor with such a player.

Mock Draft (Date)
Mickey’s Position
Detroit’s Pick
Draft Express (3/31)
Undrafted
38th – Tyrone Wallace
NBADraft.net (3/26)
32nd - Minnesota
38th – Terran Petteway
CBS Sports – Vecenie (2/27)
38th - Utah
40th – Ron Baker
Basketball Insiders - Koutroupis (3/1)
N/A
38th – Damian Jones

So those are all over the board.  I would prefer that the Pistons don't take him with their own 2nd rounder, but couldn't complain if Mickey were picked up as an undrafted free agent.  With the projections all over the board, who knows what happens?

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