Jahmi’us Ramsey is flashing his potential in the G-League

Jahmi'us Ramsey is a high-upside, young talent who is benefiting from getting extended playing time in the bubble.

Jahmi’us Ramsey, who the Sacramento Kings selected with the 43rd selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, is participating in the G-League bubble as a member of the Agua Caliente Clippers. While his first few games could be seen as disappointing, it was unfair to expect him to come out the gate as an immediate impact player.

The Texas Tech product is the seventh youngest player on an NBA roster and one of only two of the ten youngest players to be selected in the second round of the draft - the other being Theo Maledon. 

Maledon is currently playing on an Oklahoma City Thunder roster that is at the beginning of a long rebuild process and certainly not looking to win games in their current stage. The French point guard has displayed flashes of promise, but most of his minutes have been poor as evident by his 39.2 field goal percentage and nights with more turnovers than assists. 

Flashes are everything with these extremely young players as they iron out the details of their skillsets and learn the intricacies of the NBA. Jahmi’us Ramsey, who does not turn 20 until June, displayed his first significant flash recently against the Salt Lake City Stars. 

Ramsey managed 21 points on 8/17 shooting along with 3 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal in 21 minutes of playing time. For anyone unaware, the 19-year-old is a player who excels with the ball in his hands with his ability to finish at the rim, play make for others, and create space off the bounce.

Confidence is key for players, and that does not seem to be a concern with JR. If defenses are sagging off or going under screens, he is going to pull it with no hesitation.

While the shot has not been falling at a high rate to begin his G-League campaign, his college numbers prove that the jumper is no joke. During his one season at Texas Tech, Ramsey averaged 42.6 percent from deep on an outstanding 5.2 attempts per game. As I said, he can shoot with the best of them.

Creating space is one of the most important aspects in gauging a player’s potential ceiling along with how much space they truly need to get their shots off effectively. Ramsey has demonstrated a few quick dribble moves and footwork that lead into jumpers when he sees daylight. Again, it’s about his creation ability here rather than the outcome of the shot.

With high-level shooting comes the respect of defenses, opening up all other aspects of the game. Ramsey is not a player who boasts an exceptional first step, but once he is by his defender, he is able to utilize his soft touch to finish around the basket. This is where he did most of his damage against the Stars.

As shown in the clips above, JR has some genuine potential to be a force running the pick-and-roll. If teams are focused on denying him shot opportunities, Ramsey can find the open man with some eye-catching dimes after pressuring opposing defenses. This sort of decision-making will be pivotal in allowing Ramsey to be a ball-handler for extended periods of time as he continues to progress.

There are more mistakes than highlights at this point, but that is to be expected. Robert Woodard II has shined right out the gate because he is more of a high-floor, low-ceiling prospect and 626 days older than Jahmi’us Ramsey while playing on a more talented, high-paced roster in the bubble.

The G-League experience for Ramsey is a great chance for him to continue to develop his individual skills and advance his understanding of the game. Remain patient, and hold onto the bright moments that come from the seventh youngest player in the NBA, as there are surely more to come in the future.

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February 17, 2021 12:59 pm

I’m glad he finally had a decent game but he’s really struggling so far. Obviously, he’s very young and it’s very early in his career.

February 17, 2021 12:59 pm

It’s almost like Woodard and Ramsey would be a good way to fill any potential roster spots that open up.

February 17, 2021 8:52 pm
Reply to  Marty

I’d love to see this happen. It would be an additional thing to look forward to games for, besides Haliburton.

February 17, 2021 1:06 pm

Floor time is everything. D*-League is definitely the best place for Ramsey right now.

*Gatorade ain’t paying me shit, so it remains the D-League.

February 17, 2021 1:08 pm

We need a breakdown on Woodard… From the highlight clips it looks like we have the next Kawhi!

February 17, 2021 1:17 pm
Reply to  Brenden

“Go faster!” he demanded, as an entire sleeve of Oreos tumbled out of his tummy folds.

February 17, 2021 1:09 pm

Great write up.

I enjoyed that last clip especially because it showed off his athleticism, movement, and vision. Definitely not captured in a box score.

February 17, 2021 1:13 pm

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February 17, 2021 1:23 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Tut, Tut…

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February 17, 2021 2:07 pm
Reply to  Jman1949

Sacramento King Tuts!

Playoff de Nile

February 17, 2021 3:21 pm
Reply to  Jman1949

Steve Martin doing some tutting! I wonder if he knows about the hiphop dance named after him?

February 17, 2021 4:38 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Or the EPMD song about it?

February 17, 2021 1:44 pm

always impressed with these write ups – really great use of clips to illustrate your observations!

February 17, 2021 1:55 pm

This is good

February 17, 2021 2:07 pm

Brown, how’s my credit?

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February 17, 2021 2:32 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Labradford, how’s your credit card?


February 17, 2021 3:18 pm
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February 17, 2021 3:33 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Oh its BAD

February 17, 2021 2:27 pm

With Metu hurt, I wonder if the Kings will bring Woodard up…any word yet?

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February 17, 2021 2:41 pm
Reply to  kgdobter

I doubt it. I think they’ll leave him in the bubble until it wraps up. Metu was really only getting garbage minutes anyway. I’d imagine those minutes just go to Nemanja or even Jabari Parker.

February 17, 2021 2:43 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Probably only happen if Barnes get traded

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February 17, 2021 4:00 pm
Reply to  kgdobter

Agreed. I think the two of them will remain in the bubble unless a major roster shakeup takes place.

February 17, 2021 8:55 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

In that case, let’s hope it’s Bjelica. Parker should just be given the Terry treatment at this point, and given a vacation.

February 17, 2021 2:49 pm

At some point, one of these late firsts/second rounder has to pan out for us and become a solid rotational player.

February 17, 2021 3:48 pm
Reply to  TheGrantNapear

One did. You are forgetting Vlade legend Gary Trent Jr. (Cries softly)

February 17, 2021 5:25 pm

I liked, but didn’t love, Woodard and Ramsey when the Kings picked them. I thought there were guys I saw as surer things to be solid contributors (Tillman, Bey, Riller, etc.) but I gotta say I see the vision. McNair mightve really done something picking up these guys. Hope to see them develop further, gonna be fun to watch!

February 17, 2021 7:27 pm

I’m glad to see him finish the week strong. His starting performance on Sunday of 7 minutes, 2 turnovers, and 5 fouls was worrying. Learning from mistakes while staying aggressive is encouraging.

February 18, 2021 3:18 pm

It’s early, but I can’t help but be ever-optimistic that one of our young prospects eventually turns the corner and becomes a consistent contributor. It’s exciting to see both Woodard and Ramsey show at least foundational abilities that could lead to meaningful impact done the line (Strength/athleticism/defensive instincts for Woodard, ability to get shot off for Ramsey). One of our second round picks other than I.T. has to turn out well eventually, right? (And no, Whiteside returning a decade later to do “Whiteside things” does not count.)

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