ESPN is counting down the best players in the NBA from 500-1. Atlanta Hawks rookie sharp-shooter John Jenkins ranks 398 on the list.
The Hawks selected Jenkins with the 23rd overall pick in this year’s NBA draft out of Vanderbilt University. Jenkins was thought to be the best outside shooter in the 2012 draft class, along with Florida’s Bradley Beal who was selected third overall by the Washington Wizards, and the recent poll given to the top 39 rookies via NBA.com confirms that the Commodore is indeed the perimeter shooting king.
Jenkins was voted best shooter by his fellow rookies in a landslide. The 48.6 percent J.J. received was the highest mark for any player on any survey question. Beal came in second place receiving just under 17 percent of the votes.
As a junior (his final collegiate season) Jenkins shot 43.9 percent from the perimeter, 47.4 percent overall, and averaged 19.9 points per game. He was also very durable for the Commodores, making 67 consecutive starts within a two-year span without missing a single game. The streak would still be active if Jenkins returned for his senior season, but he chose to go pro instead.