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Luke Jackson Joins the Heat
by: Mike Schmidt - D-League, NCAA Scout
December 7, 2007
The Miami Heat have called up small forward Luke Jackson from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. Jackson becomes the third player added to an NBA roster from the D-League so far this season. A veteran of the NBA and D-League, Jackson played with Idaho last season before playing out a call-up from the Clippers, and finishing the season with the Toronto Raptors.

The former 10th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jackson has three years of NBA experience since leaving Oregon. He has a career average of 2.9 points in 8 minutes of playing time per game. Jackson’s deadly shooting stroke will fit nicely with the Miami Heat, who have struggled in the early season partially due to a lack of a consistent threat on the perimeter.

There has been some speculation in the early season that the Heat regret letting Jason Kapono go to the Raptors in the off-season, and they will look at Jackson to see if he can fill the same role.

Jackson joined Idaho just over a week ago, and played only one game with the Stampede before receiving his call back to the NBA. In his only D-League game this season, the veteran forward scored 30 points while shooting 5 of 6 from behind the three point line in 31 minutes.

There has been a pattern of veteran players signing with NBA teams from the D-League this season. Eddie Gill and Jelani McCoy both had prior NBA experience, as is the case with Jackson.

In other D-League news, point guard Will Blalock has returned from Israel and will be joining the Anaheim Arsenal, who are in serious need of a floor general. The Sioux Falls Skyforce will also add Kasib Powell, who has prior minor league experience.
 


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Luke Jackson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 212 lbs.
Birthday: 11/06/1981
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Creswell
Previous Team: Oregon , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #10 in 2004 Draft
by the Cavaliers
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
8.3 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Jason Kapono
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 02/02/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Artesia
Previous Team: UCLA , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #2 in 2003 Draft
by the Cavaliers
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
3.5 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Eddie Gill
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 176 lbs.
Birthday: 08/16/1978
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Overland
Previous Team: Weber State , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
0.0 Pts, 0.3 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Jelani McCoy
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birthday: 12/06/1977
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Augustine
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #4 in 1998 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
9.0 Pts, 5.7 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Will Blalock
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birthday: 09/08/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Notre Dame Prep
Previous Team: Iowa State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #30 in 2006 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
5.1 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 3.2 Asts


Kasib Powell
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 03/18/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Teaneck
Previous Team: Texas Tech , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
11.7 Pts, 5.2 Rebs, 1.7 Asts


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