Assessing Andre Jackson Jr.’s fit and role with the Milwaukee Bucks
As previously mentioned, Milwaukee needed more youth and wings, and Jackson fills both holes. While won’t be ahead of Khris Middleton, Jae Crowder, Grayson Allen, or Pat Connaughton in the wing rotation, at least to start the year, there’s certainly a place for Jackson in the mix. At the bare minimum, he’ll be a nice addition to Milwaukee’s wing depth. If he does see legitimate time on the court, Jackson can be a do it all kind of player for Milwaukee. Mostly, his defense, rebounding, and passing will get him on the floor.
At 6-foot-6, Jackson has an excellent stature that will allow him to match up against taller wings, which is something this unit has lacked over the past few years. It’ll take some time, but Jackson has the potential to become an incredibly solid defender based on his college tape. Speaking of his tape, Jackson is an incredible facilitator. With Joe Ingles leaving and the Bucks currently without a backup point guard, the team needs more secondary playmaking off of the bench. Jackson should give them a boost in that regard.
While his defense, rebounding, and passing are all strengths, the one weakness of Jackson’s that the Bucks will have to work with is his outside shooting. The guard was a poor shooter in college, and it’s unlikely that he’ll instantly get it clicking at this level. That could make it hard to have him on the floor in particular lineups, especially with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Yet, that’s something that can be worked on. Jackson’s other attributes, particularly his pesky defense, could help the Bucks from day one next season, even if it’s in a minimal role.
All in all, Jackson could be a Swiss Army Knife off of the bench for the Bucks.