4. Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Stats: 13.8 PPG 4.0 RPG 38 3P%
The counting numbers still need to perk up for Jaquez compared to some of the guys in front of him. It's a good thing this is a power ranking based on how players are currently playing-- also a prediction on where the player projects.
Jaquez continues to prove that Spoelstra can depend on him in pivotal spots. That's an essential aspect of being a 6th man-- being able to fill in for starters when necessary.
Christmas Day was a huge spot, and Jaquez didn't disappoint.
Jaquez recorded his first double-double, with the entire NBA community tuning in.
Jaquez is arguably the best defender on this list. He's a cerebral defender reading plays before they transpire.
These clips show Jaquez sticking with Klay Thompson on the perimeter, absorbing the bump, and vertically contesting a layup. He can get over screens like a miniature guard and contest shots. This adds versatility to any lineup he's in with. In the last clip, we see Jaquez leave All-Time great shooter Klay Thompson to disrupt Jonathan Kuminga's driving angle-- thus forcing a turnover.
This was a high IQ play that shows how ahead Jaquez is as a rookie. He, too, like Robinson, is in the running for two awards. Rookie of the Year may be a long shot with those two skilled behemoths seemingly ahead of Jaquez, but 6MOY may be more feasible.