Jett Howard plunges into the 2023 NBA Draft as a potential lottery pick and cemented first rounder. Check out below for a Jett Howard scouting report, NBA comparison, stats, highlights, draft ranking, and team fits. Other scouting reports can quickly be found on the Lineups 2023 Big Board or Final Mock Draft as well.
Jett Howard Scouting Report
The Michigan forward shined his freshman year by producing 14.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 2 APG while shooting a 36.8 3PT% on 7.3 attempts per game. His best game came against Iowa where he scored 34 points on 7/13 from three. Teams selecting Jett will hope that basketball skills are genetic. He’s the son of 1x NBA All-Star Juwan Howard, who averaged 17.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 3 APG across his first ten seasons in the NBA.
Draft Age: 19.9
Strengths: Howard’s value lies in his combination of size and three-point shooting. It’s unusual to see 6’8” forwards that have deep three-point range. He’s not just a spot up shooter either as Howard routinely cooked defenders off-the-dribble into a step-back three.
Howard also displayed a solid mid-range jumper when chased off the perimeter and average finishing skills. He won’t be a high volume slasher in the slightest, but Howard can be an effective cutter. Plus, he flashed an aptitude for occasional playmaking through some advanced reads and bullseye passes. Overall, Howard will provide quality perimeter shooting with small doses of self-creation and playmaking.
Weaknesses: Howard’s size is an advantage in terms of getting his shot off over defenders, but it didn’t truly translate to inside the arc. He’s a poor rebounder and didn’t finish through contact well. Essentially, he’s a tall shooting guard in terms of his strengths. Defensively, Howard struggled to stay in front of ball handlers, and he didn’t adequately fight through screens despite his size. Defense will be the swing skill for him, although his mediocre athleticism caps his defensive ceiling.
Jett Howard Stats
Jett Howard NBA Comparison
Howard has a similar profile to Hawks sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic. Both are knockdown three-point shooters that thrive either spotting up or using a crafty handle to create separation for a step-back. They possess comparable playmaking skills with the ability to orchestrate a few possessions from time to time. In addition, both are mediocre to average defenders that don’t handle contact on drives well. Finally, neither are plus athletes, although Howard is 2” taller than Bogdanovic with a longer wingspan.
Bogdanovic’s 2020 season is a solid projection for Howard’s eventual production: 15.1 PPG, 3.4 APG, and 3.4 RPG while shooting a 37.2 3PT%.
Jett Howard Highlights
Jett Howard NBA Draft Ranking, Team Fit, Landing Spot
Draft Ranking: Howard ranks 17th on my Big Board and sits in the sixth tier with names like Keyonte George, Jordan Hawkins, Brice Sensabaugh.
Team Fit: The Lakers (17th) are the best team for Howard because they need to surround LeBron James and Anthony Davis with more shooting. Los Angeles ranked 24th during the regular season at 34.6 3PT%, and that fell to 33.5 3PT% during the playoffs. They also have a superb defense (3rd Defensive Rating post-deadline), which helps minimize Jett’s weakness.
Landing Spot: It’s a deep draft, so Howard likely goes in the 17-24 range. Brooklyn (21st, 22nd) has back-to-back picks and ranked 18th in 3PT% post-deadline before struggling mightily in the playoffs. Howard would provide spacing around Mikal Bridges and Nic Claxton while offering desperately needed self-creation upside. Plus, Howard’s presence grants Brooklyn flexibility. If Cam Johnson re-signs, then the Nets could trade Dorian Finney-Smith or Royce O’Neale for assets. However, if another team offers a massive contract to Johnson, then the Nets can afford to let him walk due to Howard.