The realistic ceiling for Bucks’ Andre Jackson Jr. – A more defensive-oriented Donte DiVincenzo
Bucks fans will either love or hate this comparison for Jackson. Donte DiVincenzo spent the first three and a half years of his NBA career with the Bucks and had his share of inconsistencies. Yet, just looking at their respective games, DiVincenzo and Jackson share some key similarities in how they perform on the court.
Again, starting with the defense, both players are extremely versatile. DiVincenzo often served as a Swiss Army Knife off of Milwaukee’s bench, giving them a player who could defend no shortage of positions. Jackson can be the same way, and with two inches of added height, he may be even more versatile at this level. Sticking with that, DiVincenzo was versatile when the Bucks went with their switching schemes, and Jackson will undeniably be the same exact way. Coming in, he may already be a better defender than Donte DiVincenzo was.
Offensively, rookie DiVincenzo had some improving to do, especially as a shooter. Jackson will be tasked with doing the same. DiVincenzo shot just 31.8 percent from three during his first two seasons before breaking out in year three, having hit 37.9 percent of them. If Jackson is able to eventually find his perimeter stroke and become a reliable outside shooter like DiVicenzo has, those concerns about his offensive game will be lessened mightily.
Secondary playmaking is another characteristic the two share. DiVincenzo didn’t handle the ball too much in Milwaukee, but he was always willing to orchestrate things whenever called upon in his three and a half years. As highlighted in the Iguodala section, that is something Jackson could excel at in the NBA. Finally, both of these players have tremendous athleticism and can leap out of the gym on fast breaks to throw down some thunderous dunks.