Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was selected 23rd by the Portland Trail Blazers and then traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Like Bobby Portis, he was another standout player at Arizona and had an excellent high school career. He was named Delaware County Player of the Year for multiple seasons in a row and led Chester High School to its first undefeated season. He was also named a McDonald’s All American and chose to attend Arizona over Florida and Syracuse.
Hollis-Jefferson made up for his small size at the college level by an unmatchable intensity that made his stats appear better than many bigger small forwards. Hollis-Jefferson served as Arizona’s sixth man for most of his freshman year, but became a starter after Brandon Ashley was hurt. Despite being a sixth man, he still was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. He averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during his freshman year. In his sophomore year, he increased his averages to 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Consequently, he was named to the first team All-Pac-12 and the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.
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While Hollis-Jefferson might never be a significant offensive contributor, he has lockdown defensive skills and can guard multiple positions. He draws comparisons to Tony Allen and Jimmy Butler. His size will definitely affect his ability to be successful in the NBA though. He is listed at 6-7 and . If he puts in a lot of time in the weight room, he should be able to add enough weight to enable himself to guard NBA players. His offensive skills, especially his shooting, will need serious work.
Fans should expect him to start the season on the bench and he will not see much time as a bench player if Brooklyn is unable to find enough offensive pieces in their starting lineup. However, his high intensity should earn him a decent amount of playing time. His potential ceiling as an NBA player is not very high, but he can break through that ceiling by his work ethic and his intensity.
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