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Jaylen Adams Gets NBA Opportunity With the Portland Trail Blazers

Jaylen Adams of the Wisconsin Herd is signing for the Portland Trail Blazers for the remainder of the season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Adams is believed to have been brought in as a substitute player for the Trail Blazers. This was after Trevor Ariza announced that he would not be part of the NBA’s resumption in Orlando.

Through the 2019-20 G League season (34 games), Adams averaged 20.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.7 steals. He shot at a 48.7% rate from the field and converted at an impressive 40.1% from 3-point land. He was part of a Wisconsin Herd side that finished the season with a league-best 33-10 record.

The 24-year-old was named to the 2019-20 All-NBA G League First Team. In addition, he finished second in G League MVP voting, which was won by teammate Frank Mason III.

Adams was named the NBA G League Player of the Month for January. On January 22, Adams dropped a season-high 39 points in a 122-115 win over the Grand Rapids Drive. Over the course of the season, he scored 30+ points on 4 occasions and 25+ points 11 times.

Through the month of February, Adams lit up for an average of 24 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 3 steals. With a conversion rate of 45.5% from beyond the arc.

The young guard dished out 7+ assists on 13 occasions in the 2019-20 G League campaign. With a career-high 14 dimes coming against the Canton Charge on March 4. This was alongside 19 points.

Wisconsin Herd v Long Island Nets
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Player Profile:

Standing at 6-foot-2, Adams has good size for a guard. His polished handles and agility provide him with the ability to create space and blow past his opponents. On his own accord or through the pick-and-roll. Either opting to finish at the rim, or kick plays to deliver easy scoring opportunities for teammates. Adams’ solid frame allows him to play through contact, as well as rebound strong.

On opportunities from less than 5-feet from the basket, Adams shot 62.7% throughout the 2019-20 G League season. But if he is given space, he is an accomplished shooter from beyond the arc. On 170 attempts from 25-29 feet, the 24-year-old converted at a 44.7% rate.

Adams can do it on the defensive end too. Hosting the ability to move well laterally, he can stay in front of his man and switch, defending multiple positions. Forcing opponents into making tough decisions, occasionally resulting in errors.

In the G League this season, Adams had a 101.2 defensive rating. When on the court for the Herd, opponents scored 102 points per 100 possessions. When off the court, opponents scored 106.2 points per 100 possessions. Adams is an important presence on the defensive side of the ball.

He does commit 3.7 turnovers per game, however. His 126 turnovers this season were the 7th-highest in the entire G League. From time-to-time, Adams can be passive and making the wrong decision. Although, he does dish out assists at a high-rate. With that, naturally, turnovers occur. Other improvements could include slightly bumping up his 78.8% free-throw percentage.


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