NBA Roundtable

Bucks Claim D.Jackson Off Waiver Wire

In Free Agency on March 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

RealGM has the press release

The Milwaukee Bucks have been awarded the contract of forward Darnell Jackson (6-9, 253) on a waiver claim, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Since Jackson was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 23, after the March 1 waiver deadline for playoff eligibility, he will not participate in the 2010 postseason.

Jackson, 24, was originally selected out of Kansas by the Miami Heat in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft, before being traded to Cleveland for a 2009 second round draft pick.

Nice pickup by the Bucks.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Not surprising that the Cavs decided to part ways with Jackson. There simply wasn’t any role available for him to fill. The Cavs had two seven foot centers in Shaquille O’Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. A twenty point scoring threat in Antawn Jamison. Their second best player and combo PF/C in Anderson Varejao. A very promising young power forward in JJ Hickson. And, finally, a sixth big men in Leon Powe. Cleveland also had two options for small ball with Jawad Williams and LeBron James.

The Cavs had tremendous depth on their big man rotation and consequently there was no role available for Jackson.

Darnell Jackson

I like Darnell Jackson’s game. He is not a rotation worthy player but he is a solid end of the bench player. He has a good body (6-9, 250lbs), plays within himself and is a smart player. Jackson is below average across the board — a poor defender and rebounder with a limited offensive game — but he is serviceable enough to be called upon in desperate times.

In terms of being a sixth big man in the depth chart, Darnell Jackson is a solid NBA player.

However, Jackson is incapable of filling a larger role. He simply isn’t talented enough.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks claimed Darnell Jackson off the waiver wire in order to get a first hand look at him over the remainder of the season. Similar to the Salim Stoudamire move last year. It’s a cursory look at his ability and that evaluation will decide whether or not the Bucks have an interest in retaining him heading into next year.

Milwaukee has several big men in front of Jackson in the rotation so he is unlikely to receive any playing time. The rotation minutes at power forward are used up by Richard Luc Mbah a Moute and Ersan Ilyasova. Andrew Bogut is the team’s best player and starting center. Milwaukee then has four backup centers in Kurt Thomas, Dan Gadzuric, Francisco Elson and finally Primoz Brezec.

Jackson will be competing with Elson and Brezec for the role of sixth big in the depth chart for the remainder of the season. His lack of eligibility for the playoffs means that even if there was an injury crisis and Milwaukee was forced to call upon one of these guys to play … Darnell Jackson would unlikely be the one chosen.

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