And now, a 6'5" wing man out of the University of New Mexico
Jr Giddens !!!
Unless you followed his college teams (Kansas and New Mexico) or caught the NBDL games in which he played in (for the Utah Flash), you probably don't know much about Justin Ray Giddens. I won't pretend I do either. So, what I will do, however, is give you my personal assessment of his game, his potential, and what I think his future role will be for the Boston Celtics, and in a few years, you can see how close or off the mark I was. How does that sound to you, Jr?
(I'll take that as a Yes)
So what are Giddens' strengths? From what I see, his main strength is his hustle. Now often times, the term "hustle" is used when a player isn't that good, but he tries hard and that's the nicest complement you can give him--but this isn't the case with Jr. His hustle, when combined with massive athleticism and basketball knowledge makes him quite a weapon. He's a player who can impact a game and make his presence felt without being the marquee name on the floor--the prototypical behind the scenes contributor. The kind of player you don't really notice until after the game, when you see the box score and it shows you all the ways in which he helped the team. His hustle makes him a solid rebounder, especially for his height (despite being only 6'5", he averaged 8.8 rpg in his final year at New Mexico). He'll also pick your pockets with his pressure defense, and with his jumping ability and long arms, he can also block a few shots.
Of course, athleticism is also a big strength of his. He's a bit jerky with his action, but he's quick and explosive. He's an excellent leaper who looks like he glides on the air on his dunks.
As a scorer, he may not be a go-to guy whom you give the ball in isolation to and ask him to carry the team. But as a complimentary scorer, Giddens is just fine. He'll get his fair share amount of points off of putbacks, as well as drain buckets off of switches and drives to the basket. He may not have a consistent jumper, but he can hit them in rhythm.
From my perspective, Jr Giddens has the potential to play in the NBA for a long time. He's definitely athletic enough, and he's got enough basketball talent to keep himself employed. His ceiling is not that high, but you don't have to be an All-Star for teams to be interested in you.
I think his future role is as a bench player who comes into the game and affects the tempo and excites the crowd with his energy. And his occasional breakaway dunk will bring the house down.
That's pretty much what I can comment about Jr Giddens for now. Check out his YouTube video to get a better idea of his game.