Sometimes when a player gets even a tiny taste of their ultimate goal, it can catapult them into a whirlwind of production that may even surprise themselves. Jarell Eddie got that taste this paste summer and since then he's done nothing but impress for the San Antonio Spurs' D-League affiliate, the Austin Spurs.
Eddie didn't hear his name called earlier this year on June 26th on NBA draft night, however that didn't stop NBA teams from getting a look at this talented player. He played summer league in Las Vegas with the Washington Wizards and appeared in six games averaging a modest 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. Even that was enough to catch the eye of the Atlanta Hawks who invited him to their training camp. He only appeared in three games for the Hawks before the waived him. Boston claimed Eddie off waivers before waiving him two days later.
Eddie ultimately ended up being allocated to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and then the Austin Spurs made a trade to acquire his D-League rights. The Spurs have started 1-3 but Jarell has been stellar through those first four contests.
Brady Heslip has garnered a ton of early attention -- and rightfully so -- however Eddie has been just as deadly from distance albeit at a smaller rate of production. Eddie is averaging 22.5 points and 4.8 rebounds on a blistering 55.8 percent from the field and 63.3 percent from distance! Numbers aren't everything NBA teams are looking for but Eddie has shown a quick trigger on his jump shot that will definitely translate to the next level.
Yes, he made six 3-pointers in that video, but what you should focus on is how quickly he gets the shots off. Eddie is open on a couple of those shots and still makes sure to get the shot up with lightning quick speed, which will certainly benefit him when he's given a shot in The Assocation.
The key for Eddie will be consistency. Clearly he cannot maintain the 63.3 percent from deep but even if he hovers around 45-50 percent that will catch the eyes of NBA scouts. Overall numbers can sometimes be inflated in the D-League however players still have to make the shots they take and given his quick trigger I think Eddie's jump shot definitely translates to the NBA level. He has the size (6'7") and the athleticism to compete at the next level and it just takes one team to give another chance to exceed expectations.
Eddie needs to continue to develop his mid-range game and improve on his finishing around the basket because he's only taken four mid-range shots all season (2-4) and he's 8-18 in the paint so far. While specialists are becoming more and more viable as role players for an NBA team, Jarell still needs to be consistent with his all-around game as he works on getting a Gatorade Call-Up.