Grading Andre Jackson Jr.’s deal and overall fit with the Milwaukee Bucks

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Connecticut Huskies: Andre Jackson Jr.
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Andre Jackson Jr.’s long-term outcome with the Milwaukee Bucks

Andre Jackson Jr. has the potential to become a very good to solid rotational player in this league.

He’s got the tools to be an excellent defender and passer, but what will determine his true ceiling is how much he can improve on offense. The Bucks will not ask him to be a scorer, but he will have to knock down his 3-point shots with some regularity. In three Summer League games thus far, he has not been able to do that, having hit just one of his seven attempts. There have been a handful of occasions where he has not even taken open looks. The Bucks will look to work on that shot.

Even if Jackson’s shot never materializes, he can still be an impact player due to his defense, like Portland Trail Blazers’ wing Matisse Thybulle. Many people have compared Jackson to Thybulle due to how both can impact games, especially defensively, despite a poor outside shot. Other fans have said that Jackson could be Milwaukee’s version of Draymond Green as a do it all guy who can defend, pass, and rebound while letting others do the scoring. If Jackson could develop into Green or even close to him, he’d be the biggest Milwaukee draft steal in a long time.

For now, Jackson will be a bit of a project player. While his lengthy tenure at UConn may have him ready to play NBA minutes, he’ll have to work on the offensive side of the ball if he truly wants to stick around for a long time. The Bucks would undoubtedly love it if they were able to hit on a draft pick and develop a young piece to become an integral part of this core moving forward. New Coach Adrian Griffin is known for his player development skills, so the hope is that he can put them to good use on Jackson and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks’ young pieces.