Jahii Carson is probably the fastest and quickest player in this entire draft with a ball in his hands. He can get down the court faster than anybody and loves to score baskets in transition. He is a big leaper and had a max vertical jump of 43.5 inches at the NBA combine, which was tied for the highest in the draft. He is very good at using his quickness to blow by defenders and getting the ball to the basket.
The Arizona State product is going to be one of the smallest players in the NBA when he is drafted. He stands in under six feet tall and does not have a big body. Adding to that problem is Carson’s poor outside shot. Teams figured out Carson during his sophomore year and forced him to shoot outside jumpers instead of taking it to the rim. He can knock down shots when open, but he will need a consistent outside shot, specifically off the dribble, in the NBA.
Carson’s X-Factor will be how he figures out to use his small size to his advantage. A small guy must be extremely quick, athletic and smart with the ball. Carson is strong in two of those areas, but he still has room to improve with his decision making. He had some of his highest turnover totals in Arizona State’s biggest games last season. It will also be crucial that he develops a more consistent outside shot.
How would he fit with the Suns
I do not think that there is a spot for Carson on the Suns assuming they keep Ish Smith. Those two players are very similar, Carson would score a little more than Smith, but overall they are the same guy. Carson’s landing spot will need to be a team that is void of having a change of pace point guard off the bench. If he can land a position like Smith had with the Suns then I can see Carson having a successful rookie campaign.
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