2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Jordan Hamilton Using Yoga to Help His NBA Draft Stock - June 18
Jordan Hamilton knows how to score the basketball. Whether it is shooting the rock from downtown, taking players off the bounce, or posting up smaller defenders, Hamilton has a wide arsenal on the offensive end. When it comes to his defense though, there are concerns about him being dialed-in and "on it" all the time, every game.
"I did kind of over-play guys, but I just got to use my length and things like that," Hamilton said at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. "Towards the end of the season I played pretty good defense."
Some members of the basketball cognoscenti believe he just cruises sometimes, and relies on his pure talent rather than hard work to get by.
"I know some guys beat me off the dribble, but I just continue to use my length." he said.
And it was at this point in the media session that my favorite Q-and-A occurred. A hilarious reporter asked Hamilton "on a scale of athleticism where one equals me and 100 equals Lebron James. where would you rate yourself?"
"I'm probably like an 85, I can jump and do things like that," Hamilton answered. "But I've lost weight since school's been out and I've become really explosive. I've been doing yoga and it's been loosening up my hips."
That's right - yoga has been a critical part of his training regimen and a big reason his stock has been increasing lately.
"Once my hips continue to loosen up, most of the time I've been doing stretches and I haven't been having any pain," Hamilton revealed. "I'll be more agile like how I was in high school and once I reach the NBA level, shaking people off screens and I just need to keep it up."
Hamilton measured out taller than expected at 6-8 which gives him great size for a NBA wing player. As a freshman, his shot selection knew no bounds, and he too often settled for jumpers instead of using his size and strength to over power opponents by getting into the paint. Hamilton did improve in those areas as a sophomore and somewhat rid his reputation as being a "chucker."
Since the 2011 NBA Draft is weak on wing talent, Hamilton has a chance to go as high as No. 9 to Charlotte, a team that is sorely looking for a small forward to replace Gerald Wallace. Hamilton could also slip into the late teens though if teams go in a different direction and prefer guys like Chris Singleton, Klay Thompson or Marshon Brooks.