Jordan Hawkins capped his college career at UConn by winning the NCAA Tournament. Now, he has his sights set on the 2023 NBA Draft. Check out below for a Jordan Hawkins 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.
Jordan Hawkins Scouting Report
Hawkins absolutely scorched opponents during his sophomore year. He averaged 16.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 1.3 APG while shooting a 38.8 3PT% on 7.6 attempts per game. That percentage is excellent, but it doesn’t tell the whole story as Hawkins’ shot quality was often extremely difficult. Considering three-point shooting is valued immensely, look for Hawkins to potentially breach the late lottery.
Draft Age: 21.1
Strengths: Hawkins is arguably the best three-point shooter in this draft. He’s such an off-ball weapon because he flies around screens before screeching to a halt for a quick, buttery-smooth jumper. Hawkins can step into a dribble three-pointer too and possesses deep range. It’s likely he will immediately be one of the biggest off-ball threats in the league, which also crowns him a terror in transition.
Hawkins has decent size at 6’6” with a 6’6’ wingspan, although he definitely needs to add muscle to his frame. Besides shooting, Hawkins displayed hope that opponents won’t hunt him off the court in a playoff setting. The flashes of solid on-ball defense were there, and he owns a high motor. Overall, it’s reasonable that Hawkins develops into a slightly below average perimeter defender.
Weaknesses: Outside of three-point shooting, there isn’t much upside that would effectively translate to the NBA. His playmaking status doesn’t project to be anything more than an opportunistic passer, and he struggled mightily finishing at the rim around defenders. Even with added muscle mass, it’s unlikely Hawkins becomes a decent finisher through contact.
Hawkins held his own against guards, but he melted when opposing forwards were able to get the switch. He couldn’t handle their size on drives, and they often backed him down. I expect NBA strength and conditioning coaches to improve this deficiency, but it may haunt him throughout his career.
Jordan Hawkins Stats
Jordan Hawkins NBA Comparison
Offensively, Hawkins will play a similar role to JJ Redick during his Clippers days. Both spread chaos by utilizing off-ball screens and have the quick release to immediately pull the trigger on a catch-and-shoot attempt. Both could step into a dribble jumper and punish slow opponents in transition. In addition, playmaking is a shared weakness. Redick was slightly more comfortable as a finisher, although Hawkins has a superior handle and size advantage. Defensively, Redick often held his own, which is a trait that Hawkins likely replicates.
Jordan Hawkins Highlights
Jordan Hawkins NBA Draft Ranking, Team Fit, Landing Spot
Draft Ranking: Hawkins ranks 20th on my Big Board and sits in the sixth tier with names like Jett Howard, Brice Sensabaugh, and Dereck Lively II.
Team Fit: The Lakers (17th) are the best team for Hawkins because having spacing around LeBron James and Anthony Davis is vital. The Lakers were 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) and plenty of playmaking, which helps minimize Howard’s weaknesses.
Landing Spot: Teams covet motion shooting, so Hawkins could come within inches of the lottery. Atlanta (15th) is an interesting landing spot because their archaic offense featured Trae Young and Dejounte Murray running endless pick and rolls while the others stood still on the perimeter. Hawkins would inject some life into the offense through his constant relocation, and Atlanta (21st 3PT%) needs an accuracy boost. Golden State (19th) is a perfect match for Hawkins’ play style, and he can learn from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. If Golden State does eventually move on from Thompson, then Hawkins is a potential replacement as well.