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JaKarr Sampson - SG/SF, 6'9, 214
Iowa Energy - In the D-League player pool
       Date of birth: 03/20/1993
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
     Out of: St. John's
  NBA Experience: 2 years
  Hand: Right

Date
League
Transaction
17th September, 2014 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed four year minimum salary contract with Philadelphia. Included team option for 2017/18.
21st November, 2014 D-League Assigned by Philadelphia to Delaware 87ers of the D-League.
24th November, 2014 D-League Recalled by Philadelphia from Delaware 87ers of the D-League.
18th February, 2016 NBA Waived by Philadelphia.
22nd February, 2016 NBA Signed a minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2017 with Denver,
15th October, 2016 NBA Waived by Denver.
21st October, 2016 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Memphis.
22nd October, 2016 NBA Waived by Memphis.
29th October, 2016 D-League Designated as an allocated player by Iowa Energy.
When: Where:
2011 - 2014 St. John's (NCAA)
July 2014 Philadelphia 76ers (Summer League)
September 2014 - February 2016 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
February 2016 - October 2016 Denver Nuggets (NBA)
October 2016 Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
October 2016 - present Iowa Energy (D-League)
From blog:


   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 3: NCAA Small Forwards
2014-06-18



Not convinced by either hand position.


JaKarr Sampson, St John's, Sophomore, 6'9 214lbs

2013/14 stats: 29.0 mpg, 12.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.0 bpg, 1.6 TOpg, 2.8 fpg, 49.5% FG, 20.0% 3PT, 56.5% FT


Sampson is one of the best athletes on the list. A really tremendous leaper with length and great size for the position, on physical tools alone, he is the template you would draw a small forward from if such a small forward template service was available. The skills are less templatey, though.

Sampson is old for a sophomore, having turned 21 in March, and there is a lot of work to do. Some of it is in the frame - thin and wiry, Sampson can be muscled off the spot when driving and on the glass, two areas which need to be mainstays of his game. He will not attack a shotblocker despite his leaping ability as he struggles to take the contact, But some of it is just a lack of skill. Sampson's dribbling ability is entirely with his right hand - it's a high dribble which he cannot seem to change direction from, and he cannot normally stop once he's started. He barrels in blind and makes bad decisions once there, that bad decision normally being one that involves continuing to barrel in. There exists the occasional pull-up jump shot, but the form on that and any jump shot is really rather ugly and snatchy, and Sampson lacks any range because of it. He is also a poor foul shooter and rarely gets there due to his lack of handle and strength, which when combined with his absence of a three point stroke, makes for quite the inefficient dunking machine.

Mind you, the athleticism cures these ills pretty well. The handle is not great, as explained above, but Sampson can go from the arc to the rim in one power dribble, so often times he doesn't need much more than that. Sampson can dunk everything, from out of nowhere at times, and is always a threat for a lob play. Furthermore, his length is a defensive deterrent - his defensive focus and effort are not consistent, but so long and bouncy is he that he can recover quickly and shut off driving lanes just by sticking his arms out. He runs the court well and sometimes hustles off the ball for looks. But like the rebounding, he needs to do those things more than he does.

This is the issue with Sampson. He does some things well, and some things badly, yet he won't stick to that which he does well enough. The athleticism is tantalising, but it doesn't take long to look beyond.

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