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Jordan Mickey Updated NBA Draft Scouting Report
by: Josh Riddell
May 4, 2015
Josh Riddell

After returning to LSU for his sophomore season, Jordan Mickey helped lead the LSU Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009, although it ended with a first-round loss to N.C. State. Mickey and teammate Jarrell Martin both made the SEC All-Conference 1st team, with Mickey being named to the All-Defensive team as well. After a second impressive season with the Tigers, Mickey declared for the NBA Draft and will take the next step in his basketball career.



Mickey is an undersized power forward, but plays taller than that as he possesses a 7'2 wingspan, which helps him out significantly as shotblocker (3.4 per-40, fourth among DX Top-100 prospects). He can block shots on his primary man and also has the quickness and explosiveness to rotate over and block shots from a help position. While he may not emerge as a true rim protector at the next level, as he will be undersized, if he can continue to block shots he would be a useful defensive player in the right situation.

Mickey supplements his length with an overall impressive athletic profile, showing quickness and agility in the open floor, explosiveness around the rim and a strong frame. He needs to add some lower body strength, but he has a nice collection of physical tools that will help him hold his own against NBA players, despite his lack of height.

He isn't the most polished player at this time and will need to show scouts how we will be able to contribute offensively at the next level, as he scored just 16.1 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted with the Tigers. Over a quarter of his offensive possessions came on post-ups, but he didn't show many translatable post moves that he could use against NBA defenders. He relied on a jump hook that he could get off with his length but he didn't demonstrate advanced footwork for a counter move. He'll likely be matched up against taller defenders and will need to use improved lower body strength to gain position and better footwork to beat his defender to score with his back to the basket.

Mickey doesn't show much in the way of perimeter skills either, attempting just nine threes this season and making just one. He is a decent midrange shooter, converting 45.7% of his 46 attempts categorized by Synergy Sports Technology as 17 feet to the three point line. He also flashed some potential as a face-up driver, using his explosive first step to drive past big defenders. He is only comfortable driving in a straight line to his right, but this gives him some potential as a pick and roll player by giving him multiple ways to score as the screener.

Mickey isn't a great scorer around the rim for a player his size, as he struggled with bigger defenders. He converted just 50% of his attempts at the rim according to Synergy Sports Technology, a very poor rate for a big man, and will need to find ways to score in the paint against NBA defenders to not be an offensive liability. He has an uphill battle ahead of him, but if he can leverage his athletic tools with his length, he may be able to overcome his lack of height. He can also do a better job of drawing contact, as he attempts just 5.0 free throws per 40 minutes pace adjusted.

Mickey is an average offensive rebounder, using his quickness to rebound outside his area, pulling down 3.4 per 40 minutes pace adjusted, which ranked 14th among 22 power forwards in the DX Top-100. He's also a decent defensive rebounder for someone who blocks as many shots as he does, boxing out his opponent and using his length to grab 7.1 defensive rebounds per 40 minutes adjusted. His total rebounds of 10.4 per 40 minutes pace adjusted is just an average mark for power forwards in our top 100 and he will need to concentrate on this skill by using his aggressiveness and effort to fill a role at the next level.

Defensively, Mickey will need to show he can guard either interior players or perimeter players without being a liability. While he looks undersized to guard post players, he may have the quickness and lateral movement to guard stretch bigs. This may take away some of his shot blocking ability, so the team that drafts him will need to help him find his defensive niche.

Mickey is considered a prospect due to his physical tools and shotblocking ability, but he will need to show he can make an impact next to NBA level athletes and contribute offensively with his raw offensive game. He is somewhat of a tweener at the moment, too small to play the center position his offensive skill-level indicates he's best suited for, and not as versatile or polished as many NBA teams like their power forwards to be. If he was a better rebounder, ala Kenneth Faried, a team might have been more inclined to look past that. Regardless, a team drafting in the second round could take a chance on him based on his solid tools and try to develop him into a role player. If he can't make a NBA rotation right away, a few improvements to his offensive game could allow him to find a roster spot sometime down the line in his career.
 


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Jordan Mickey
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 234 lbs.
Birthday: 07/09/1994
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Grace Preparatory Academy
Current Team: LSU , Sophomore
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
15.4 Pts, 9.9 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Kenneth Faried
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 11/19/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Newark Technology
Previous Team: Nuggets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #22 in 2011 Draft
by the Nuggets
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
12.6 Pts, 8.9 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


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