These highlights are worth checking out, it should be noted that Jackson played poorly in the first half, Johnnie Broome was the best big on the floor n was on his way to showing him up.. GG ended up going beserker mode in the 2nd half but it was far too little too late, Auburn is just a vastly superior team.
I'll tell you this... If we had 18 year old GG Jackson coming off the bench in last nights 2point loss to the 76ers, we win that damn game..
He remains squarely in "do we trade up for him" territory IMO. While Jackson is super young, there are aspects (especially on defense) that are quite ready.
An interesting storyline in this draft, lots of players projected high rn on some pretty bad teams, Jackson's South Carolina team is now 8-11... Eastern Michigan (Emoni Bates) is AWFUL. Pepperdine (Max Lewis) while talented is really brutal to watch at times. Even like trying to watch Cam Whitmore at Villanova, that team is a far cry from Nova teams of the past.. Oregon is pretty painful for having so many 5 star recruits n a potential lotto pick they might not make the tourney.. Add Michigan(10-8) with Jett Howard to the list as well..
Yeah, it's been a very interestiong season so far. A lot of underacchievers with a ton of potential, which always makes evaluation tough. Then players like Max Lewis, who I still love by the way, but who gets a tad out of control at times, and falls asleep on defence at times. However, there's no denying Lewis talent, and I'd rather have a player who makes mistakes by being over aggressive, than being tentitive at times like Whitehead. GG is all over the board in the mock drafts. Some have him as a lottery pick and others have him anywhere from16 to 25.
I'd be happy as a clam to get him, and there's a possibility that he'll be there, depending on where we pick. But I'd be alright with moving up to get him, or Lewis, or Howard. Another player I like, but wouldn't trade up to get him is Filipowski. He's the best player on the Duke team, and has unique ballhandling skills for a man his size. He's smart and is a good post player. He's shown willingness to shoot the three a bit, but he needs to improve in that area. If he does, he'd be a valuable player, one that would fit well on our team.
Back to Jackson! I've seen him play three times in the last week or so, and he's still raw in some areas. He lacks court awareness at times and gets out of position defensively. But overall, I think he can be an above average NBA player, maybe more, in a couple of years. He has a nose for the ball and has shown a little bit of rim protection. He has a nice looking 3 pt shot, which with some hard work could make him close to 40% shooter in time. Personally, I think he goes in the lottery, but who knows?
Do a little exercise! Start writing down all the players names that you think are likely lottery picks, and let me know when you get to 21 or 22. My point is, there are going to be some players that should be likely lottery picks that won't be. So maybe we get lucky. A couple of drafts ago I said prior to the draft that I thought Haliburton was the best player in that draft, and never in a million years did I think he would slide all the way down to us. So you just never know.
While I'm on the subject, I have to bring up Kris Murray. Come on, you knew it was going to happen. The kid is really good and to be honest, if he's sitting there when we pick, I'd have a hard time passing on him. You watch him play, and it's like watching Keegan last year. I also like Brice Sensabaugh from Ohio St. Good outside shooter and I like the physicality he plays with. Dude is built like a linebacker. Lacks the length of players like Jackson or Taylor Hendricks, but he's a very skilled player.
Arthur Kaluma is another player that I was interested in at the start of the season, and he mostly disappointed me. However he has started to play much better, so maybe there's something there. To me he's a 2nd pick right now. Maybe he can play himself into the bottom of the first round. A few other players that could interesting around draft time are Emoni Bates, Leonard Miller, Da'Ron Holmes, Azuolas Tubelis, Baylor Scheirman, and Noah Clowney... Obvioiusly Taylor Hendricks is a given!