The floor for Bucks’ Andre Jackson Jr. – A better passing Matisse Thybulle
Since being drafted, Jackson has drawn his share of comparisons to Portland’s Matisse Thybulle, which is very understandable.
The biggest reason for the comparison stems from their defensive reputation. Thybulle has been a great defender throughout his first four seasons, having already earned two All-Defensive nods in such a short time. He’s 6-foot-5, versatile, and can defend plenty of positions. Ironically, the Bucks reportedly inquired about trading for Thybulle this past season for all of those reasons. Now, the team has a player who is much younger and less experienced but still checks off those boxes.
The defensive comparison is valid in a good way, but the offensive comparison tips in the other direction. Thybulle has struggled to find his niche on that end throughout his four years, having averaged just 4.6 points while shooting 33.4 percent from long range. As highlighted previously, there as concerns as to what Jackson can give the Bucks on that end in the scoring department. One thing that Jackson has on Thybulle is that he’s a better passer. Passing has never been a big component of Thybulle’s game, having averaged an assist per game in four years.
If Jackson can become a better passing Thybulle, he could be a steal of a second round selection for the Milwaukee Bucks. He might not earn the All-Defensive selections like Thybulle has right away, but the two players undoubtedly share some similarities.
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