NBA Draft 2018: Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr. with No. 4 overall pick
The Grizzlies selected Michigan State power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Jackson, a former McDonald’s All-American, is a 6-11 power forward with 3-point range. He averaged 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season with Michigan State.
Though still raw, Jackson has the size and ability to develop into an elite NBA player at both ends of the court.
Young is the best shooter in this class when you factor in his ability to consistently knock down long range 3-pointers off the dribble. He is also its second-best passer. There are very reasonable defensive concerns about Young, but his offensive skill set has the potential to be elite. He just needs to be slightly below average on defense to be great.
Given the importance of primary creators in the modern NBA, Young’s worth the risk.
The 6-1 point guard has some long-term equity as a lead ball handler if he can produce efficiently from 3-point range. His career 84.2 free throw percentage and more than 7.0 3-point attempts per 40 minutes suggests positive value there.
The Heat have made forward Justise Winslow available in trade discussions, the report says. Miami selected Winslow with the 10th pick in the 2015 draft.
If the Magic don’t select a point guard at No. 6, it seems inevitable that one will likely be available for the Clippers here. In this instance, it’s Sexton.
The 6-2 guard has elite intangibles in terms of his toughness and competitiveness, but questions remain about his actual ability on the floor. Is he capable of finishing inside against NBA athletes? And will the jump shot translate at a reasonable level?
Walker’s worked out for the Clippers and would give the team an athletic shot creator on the wing. The 19-year-old had a tough season in Miami, starting the year injured and never fully recovering, but the talent is there for him to be a productive NBA player.