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JaKarr Sampson
SF/PF/C - 6'7, 214lbs - 30 years old - 6 years of NBA experience
Signed in China - Signed with Beijing Royal Fighters
  • Birthdate: 03/20/1993
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
  • Pre-draft team: St. John's
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Aaron Turner (Verus Sports Management)
17th September, 2014NBASigned a partially guaranteed four year minimum salary contract with Philadelphia. Included team option for 2017/18.
21st November, 2014D-LeagueAssigned by Philadelphia to Delaware 87ers of the D-League.
24th November, 2014D-LeagueRecalled by Philadelphia from Delaware 87ers of the D-League.
18th February, 2016NBAWaived by Philadelphia.
22nd February, 2016NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2017 with Denver,
15th October, 2016NBAWaived by Denver.
21st October, 2016NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Memphis.
22nd October, 2016NBAWaived by Memphis.
29th October, 2016D-LeagueDesignated as an allocated player by Iowa Energy.
28th July, 2017NBA/G-LeagueSigned a two-way contract with Sacramento/Reno Bighorns.
17th September, 2018NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Chicago.
13th October, 2018NBAWaived by Chicago.
9th November, 2018G-LeagueAcquired by Windy City Bulls.
19th December, 2018G-LeagueLeft Windy City Bulls.
19th December, 2018ChinaSigned a one month cotnract with Shandong.
29th January, 2019G-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Windy City Bulls.
Career Moves
2011 - 2014St. John's (NCAA)
July 2014Philadelphia 76ers (Summer League)
September 2014 - February 2016Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
February 2016 - October 2016Denver Nuggets (NBA)
October 2016Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
October 2016 - June 2017Iowa Energy (D-League)
July 2017Sacramento Kings (Summer League)
July 2017 - June 2018Sacramento Kings (NBA)/Reno Bighorns (G-League)
September 2018 - October 2018Chicago Bulls (NBA)
November 2018 - December 2018Windy City Bulls (G-League)
December 2018 - January 2019Shandong (China)
January 2019 - presentWindy City Bulls (G-League)
Articles about JaKarr Sampson

June 18, 2014

Not convinced by either hand position.

JaKarr Sampson, St John's, Sophomore, 6'9 214lbs

2013/14 stats: 29.0 mpg, 12.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.0 bpg, 1.6 TOpg, 2.8 fpg, 49.5% FG, 20.0% 3PT, 56.5% FT

Sampson is one of the best athletes on the list. A really tremendous leaper with length and great size for the position, on physical tools alone, he is the template you would draw a small forward from if such a small forward template service was available. The skills are less templatey, though.

Sampson is old for a sophomore, having turned 21 in March, and there is a lot of work to do. Some of it is in the frame - thin and wiry, Sampson can be muscled off the spot when driving and on the glass, two areas which need to be mainstays of his game. He will not attack a shotblocker despite his leaping ability as he struggles to take the contact, But some of it is just a lack of skill. Sampson's dribbling ability is entirely with his right hand - it's a high dribble which he cannot seem to change direction from, and he cannot normally stop once he's started. He barrels in blind and makes bad decisions once there, that bad decision normally being one that involves continuing to barrel in. There exists the occasional pull-up jump shot, but the form on that and any jump shot is really rather ugly and snatchy, and Sampson lacks any range because of it. He is also a poor foul shooter and rarely gets there due to his lack of handle and strength, which when combined with his absence of a three point stroke, makes for quite the inefficient dunking machine.

Mind you, the athleticism cures these ills pretty well. The handle is not great, as explained above, but Sampson can go from the arc to the rim in one power dribble, so often times he doesn't need much more than that. Sampson can dunk everything, from out of nowhere at times, and is always a threat for a lob play. Furthermore, his length is a defensive deterrent - his defensive focus and effort are not consistent, but so long and bouncy is he that he can recover quickly and shut off driving lanes just by sticking his arms out. He runs the court well and sometimes hustles off the ball for looks. But like the rebounding, he needs to do those things more than he does.

This is the issue with Sampson. He does some things well, and some things badly, yet he won't stick to that which he does well enough. The athleticism is tantalising, but it doesn't take long to look beyond.

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