NAME: John Jenkins
POS: Shooting Guard
HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 SEC All-Freshman, 2010 SEC Sixth Man of the Year, 2011 and 2012 All-SEC 1st Team, 2012 SEC Tournament MVP, 2012 AP All 3rd Team
PROS: Like most prospects in the draft, Jenkins has a wealth of accolades to put on his resume. To add to that he’s physically outstanding in just about every way. He’s adequate size and his 7′ wing span will appeal to a lot of teams. But the thing that will most appealing to teams is his scorching hot shooting ability. Jenkins is a sharp shooter and he’s a good enough one that he’ll end up making a career out of it. On average he attempted 6 three point shots a game and nailed 43% of them on average. He’s a sound guy that will produce if used correctly.
CONS: You always have to be weary of prospects that you have to affix the ‘if used properly’ label to. Jenkins is no expect ion to the fears surrounding this label as if he’s forced into an uptempo offense he’s going to lock up and disappear. He’s also not ver athletic and isn’t as big as most teams would like which are huge deductions. He’s not going to be a solid starter in the NBA and at best he’s going to be a role player.
IS HE A FIT IN CHICAGO: On paper he seems like a fit based on his ability to hit three pointers. But the Bulls are looking for a guy who can compliment Rose in more ways than just scoring. Jenkins fully fulfills the need for a shooter but he barely does so as he’s more in the mold of a Kyle Korver type player. He’s also drawn comparisons to J.J. Reddick which isn’t bad but it’s not what the Bulls really need. Obviously if he’s one of the only guys left at No. 29 the Bulls will have to think long and hard about him but he’d be drafted because the Bulls have to draft him not because he’s the best fit. That being said he’ll be an excellent member of the Bench Mob in Chicago.
BOTTOM LINE: Jenkins is a guy who is going to be a really solid reserve and an outstanding role player. But his capabilities max out with his shooting game and he’s not much more past that. But being a sharp shooter in the NBA is a great way to pay the bills and make a career and Jenkins is going to flourish in a role that provides him with opportunities to show off his skills. But if he’s forced into becoming something he’s not he might not get his career going until he’s given a second chance elsewhere.