|2015 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 23rd overall by Portland.|
|2015 NBA Draft||NBA||Traded by Portland, along with Steve Blake, to Brooklyn in exchange for Mason Plumlee and the draft rights to Pat Connaughton (#41).|
|6th July, 2015||NBA||Signed four year, $6,657,157 rookie scale contract with Brooklyn. Included team options for 2017/18 and 2018/19.|
|30th October, 2016||NBA||Brooklyn exercised 2017/18 team option.|
|2013 - 2015||Arizona (NCAA)|
|June 2015 - present||Brooklyn Nets (NBA)|
November 26, 2017
RHJ is now listed as a power forward in fantasy, reflecting the fact that he has started at the position all season. The move from small forward has done him good - while his rebounding, assists and defensive statistics are almost identical to his career per-game numbers, albeit down on his per 36 minutes numbers, the big scoring spike makes for a career year and improved productivity across the board. Changing position seems to have helped Hollis-Jefferson’s confidence and rhythm while driving the ball, becoming a consistent half-court scorer whereas he was once so shaky. Over his last eight full games – we will discount the game he left due to a minor injury – RHJ has posted five games between 34.7 and 37.9 fantasy points, with two others in the high 20s, and one game of 19.3. At this price, that is a must-buy tonight.
November 14, 2017
Hollis-Jefferson continues to start every game he is healthy for, and improves slightly each time. Aside from one 4 point, 2 rebound outing in which he suffered a slight injury that also kept him out of the next game, RHJ is increasingly reliable for recording points totals in the teens, alongside his usual contributions of rebounds, assists and high value defensive statistics. His season averages of 14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game speak to this versatility and dependability.
November 6, 2017
While listed as a shooting guard in fantasy, Hollis-Jefferson continues to start as a power forward, and continues to produce. He has scored a minimum of 27 fantasy points in each of his last six games, bar one random 7.6 outing. He is thriving offensively at his new position (15.7 ppg on the season) while also contributing rebounds and defensive statistics. Further incentivising picking him today is the fact that his main counterpart for minutes at power forward, Trevor Booker, is likely unavailable, as is backup centre Jarrett Allen. Even Quincy Acy, who will likely play, may be slowed by injury. In a high possession game, the already productive RHJ will play as much of the game as he can. This should go well.
October 27, 2017
Starting at power forward, RHJ is averaging 15.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.4 steals per game, contributing consistently across the board. Hollis-Jefferson’s only sub-10 point performance was a nine point outing in the third game of the season; the switch in positions suits his strengths, and he should continue to produce in this way for the remainder of the season.
October 25, 2017
Despite being available in the game as a shooting guard, Hollis-Jefferson starts at power forward for his team, and putting up stats across the board. RHJ averages 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals, an assist and a block per game, and, on a team with very few options for competition at his position, he will likely be a starter in this vein for the remainder of the season.
June 29, 2017
SF/PF, 6’8, 220lbs, 22 years old, 2 years of experience
The move to the power forward spot is the right idea, given that the perimeter jump shot is broken in a way that does not look readily fixable, and the handles are not much better if at all. He is going to be better suit-ed as an undersized, hustling, athletic big than he is as a wing with a sloppy, exploitable handle. But he needs the added strength to be able to pull this off, as well as more experience and better decision making (which hopefully will come with the experience).
Player Plan: Two years of rookie scale salary left, but on such a small salary that his 2017/18 cap number has to be adjusted upwards to the minimum, a la George Hill. Keep and develop as a power forward.
July 4, 2015
[...] However, a discussion of Hondae-Jefferson here is incomplete without a discussion of the trade that sent him to Brooklyn. On draft night, the Nets acquired his rights along with Steve Blake from Portland in exchange for Mason Plumlee and the rights to Pat Connaughton (41st pick). Disregarding Blake, who is irrelevant to the talent part of the trade and was included purely to match salary, the trade is Plumlee and Connaughton for RHJ. And no matter what anyone may think of RHJ, it's an extremely valid question to ask why Plumlee's value was deemed so low. Plumlee is athletic, rebounds very well in traffic and has potential (if not yet all that much effectiveness) as a paint protector. It is duly noted that he was somewhat stuck behind Brook Lopez, a man with whom he pairs very badly, and that although the aim would be to have both Plumlee AND Hollis-Jefferson, the Nets hadn't the assets elsewhere to make that possible. Yet Plumlee has been an effective NBA centre for two years, in an ugly yet sustainable way, and is both cheap and capable. Very capable, in fact. So why is his value considered to be that of a #23 pick? And why on Earth was Connaughton added?
Nonetheless, RHJ is here now. He is, sans the spacing issue, what the Nets need, and a player with a lot of potential. If he lives up to some of it, Connaughton's bizarre inclusion won't matter.
June 16, 2015
Hollis-Jefferson is not a shooter. Indeed, he's almost a non-factor as one. Aside from, if we're being generous, a fairly consistent 12 footer, Hollis-Jefferson is little other threat on the jump shot, and does not have much potential in this area with his current form. He does at least shoot 70.7% from the foul line, which is not bad, aided by a quite contrived wiggle in his pre-shot routine. But the wiggle can't be adapted to the jumper, and so a wiggle-less RHJ is able to be entirely left alone from the perimeter.
Every other part of the game, however, has plenty of potential. Strong, long, fast and athletic, Hollis-Jefferson defends multiple positions and plays with great energy on the defensive end. He plays hard on the offensive end, too, but his skill is underdeveloped - lacking a jump shot with range (as mentioned above), demonstrating little in the way of ball-handling ability, not posting up, and not in any way creating much offense other than by running the court. Hollis-Jefferson is also not the best finisher when he does get looks at the basket that aren't dunks, although he does attack defenders looking for contact, and does at least create these opportunities through cuts and hustle. But in order to be a slasher, he has to develop his handle beyond being the straight line driver that he is now, and improve his awareness so as to not barrel in recklessly.
The defensive end is the calling card and likely always will be. Always with great energy, Hollis-Jefferson stays in front, bodies up, uses his length and reading of passing lanes to recover for blocks, and has a knack for clean stripping drivers. He stays in front of smaller guys and smothers them on the perimeter, closes out quickly and with his hand up, and bodies up the bigs with core strength that it does not look like he has. In theory, RHJ can defend every position - that makes him a 3 by default in the NBA, as do his measurements, but a small forward with defensive versatility to go both bigger and smaller is exactly the type of small forward the NBA wants.
These improvements are required more than desired for Hollis-Jefferson, if he is to stand out from the Julian Wright types that have gone before him, players did not develop these skills and found themselves soon out of the league for the next crop of the same type of player who might. The idea of a multi-positional, defensive-mind, transition-and-cutting athletic presence is nonetheless a nice one. Hopefully RHJ keeps up the intensity and is exactly that.