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NBA Draft 2013: Jackie Carmichael scouting report

NBA teams searching for a rotation-quality big man to step in right away should take a long look at Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael.


SB Nation is posting scouting reports of each prospect in the 2013 NBA Draft. Learn more about Illinois State big man Jackie Carmichael.

NAME: Jackie Carmichael.

SCHOOL: Illinois State.

AGE ON DRAFT NIGHT: 23 years, five months.

POSITION: Power forward.

MEASUREMENTS: 6'9, 241 pounds, 7'1.5 wingspan, 8'11 standing reach.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2012 - Jackie Carmichael 33 30.6 6.5 12.2 52.7 0.1 0.3 18.2 4.5 6.5 68.1 2.5 6.8 9.3 0.8 2.3 1.0 2.1 2.5 17.4

RELEVANT ADVANCED STATS: 7.4% block percentage this season -- an excellent number for a power forward.


NBA CEILING: Nick Collison.

NBA FLOOR: Jeff Pendergraph.


In an era of one-and-dones, Jackie Carmichael is a throwback. He was a lightly heralded recruit in high school who turned himself into an NBA prospect after four seasons at Illinois State. This season, he averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game on 53 percent shooting. Illinois State was only 8-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference, but as Wichita State proved in the NCAA Tournament, the Valley is no joke.

At 6'9 and 241 pounds with a 7'1 wingspan, Carmichael has prototypical size for the power forward position. He doesn't have the speed to be a high-level 4 or the size to be a high-level 5, but he has the versatility to swing between both positions coming off the bench.

Carmichael has the hands and the strength to finish in traffic, although he won't be as athletic as many of his opponents. As long as he can continue to knock down 18-foot jumpers, he should be a reasonably efficient offensive player.

Where he will make his money is on the defensive end of the floor. Carmichael is the rare prospect who should be a quality interior defender early in his career.



Blog a Bull:

I have several questions about Carmichael. The first concerns his ability to create offense. I don't think players who are utter liabilities on one end can be very useful. There are extreme cases where that has not been true, but I would not bet on it.

That 67% assisted at the rim figure is the highest for any power forward draft prospect of the last three years. By itself I would not think this the end of Carmichael as an offensive prospect. But his scouting reports indicate his primary offensive moves involve pushing his man under the basket. This will not be available to him so much in the pros -- then what?

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