Jarell Eddie signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks out of the D-League and here is a scouting report on his game:
Situation: With Thabo Sefolosha out due to a calf injury, Atlanta looked for some depth on the wing and signed Eddie from the Austin Spurs. The rookie out of Virginia Tech was undrafted in 2014 and played with the Washington Wizards in the summer league. He spent the preseason with Atlanta, but was cut and signed by the Boston Celtics. Boston then waived Eddie, who went to Fort Wayne in the D-League, but was then traded to Austin two days later. He finally settled in Austin and has shown his range as an elite sharp-shooter.
Size/Athleticism: The 6-foot-7, 220 pound wing has good size and length to play on the perimeter. He has decent quickness and athleticism that should help him in the NBA.
Ballhandling: Eddie doesn’t create most of his own offense with the dribble. He can take one-dribble pull-up jumpers, but is more effective as a catch-and-shoot threat.
Shooting: This is Eddie’s biggest strength, as he’s averaging 2.6 made three-point field goals per game while shooting 42.2% from deep. He was the winner of this year’s D-League 3-point contest and it certainly wasn’t a fluke. Eddie does a good job moving without the ball and creating easier passing lanes for a kick-out. When he catches, Eddie has a quick release that prevents defenders from recovering in time.
Penetration: Eddie isn’t a major threat when attacking the rim. He’s taken more threes than shots inside of the perimeter in Austin. Eddie is shooting 51.6% from within 8 feet, ranking below the league average. He averages 1.8 free throw attempts per game.
Passing: Eddie won’t be a playmaking wing in the NBA, as he’s averaging 1.2 turnovers and 1.0 assists per game in the D-League. He can make the extra pass, but won’t be making highlight assists.
Defense: As a lengthy wing, Eddie shows the ability to defend the perimeter effectively. He moves well laterally and will be able to guard opposing shooters. Eddie should be solid in this department.
Rebounding: Eddie is a decent rebounder, averaging 3.3 boards per game. He can sneak in for a rebound and typically prevents second chances for the opponents.
Versatility: Eddie can play both the shooting guard and small forward position. He’ll be a catch-and-shoot threat offensively and can defend either spot effectively.
Final Analysis: The NBA has seen an emergence of “3-and-D” prospects and Eddie will hope to be another player to thrive in this role. He will spread the floor offensively and provide solid minutes as a defender. Eddie should fit well with a talented Atlanta roster, since opposing defenses will have to decide whether to help inside or stay with Eddie and consequently open up driving lanes. If his jumper remains consistent in the transition to the NBA, Eddie should be a solid contributor as a shooter off the bench.