Pelicans get Jackson from Charlotte in draft deal
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 12:16
The 6-foot-8, 207-pound forward averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his lone season with the Jayhawks.
Jackson scored 10.9 points per game during his freshman year at Duke.
"It's going to teach me a lot, and allow me to play off those guys and learn from them", Jackson told the national media.
Jackson said that playing at Kansas forced him to hone his defensive acumen against bigger players at the power forward spot but that he thinks he can slide into the Suns' starting small forward spot.
"Well, Draymond Green, of course", said Jackson of the fiery Golden State star. "I can guard 1-4 on the defensive end and I can also play 1-4 on the offensive end".
Evaluated by many as the draft's best two-way player, Jackson waited and seemed a little perturbed. "A fairly crafty, athletic finisher with nice footwork around the basket, Jackson shot a well above average 57% in finishing situations in the half court, converted 48% of the floaters he attempted, flashing deft touch, and made some explosive plays finishing above the rim when he found daylight in close".
"We love his fire, his competitive spirit", McDonough said. "That's where I'm the most comfortable". The Suns chose then-18-year-old forward Dragan Bender with their pick last year, third overall, then acquired Sacramento's eighth selection from the Kings and chose 19-year-old forward Marquese Chriss.
"I don't think the other guys in this draft really care as much as I do", Jackson said. Jackson was later suspended for a Big 12 Tournament game "as punishment for an accumulation of embarrassing incidents", according to ESPN. "You make one mistake, and the only thing you do is don't make it again".
McDonough said the Suns extensively investigated an off-court incident that Jackson was a part of last December. "I'm just really happy to be here and in this situation, it means the world to me".
He agreed to a diversion program that requires him to go to anger management class and do community service. He averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists while helping the Blue Devils to a 28-9 record and a fifth-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference. His shooting needs work but he is considered by many observers as the best all-around athlete in the draft. I've been drafted to Phoenix, and I'm going to go there and I'm going to make the best of it. The injury is expected to sideline him through summer league, although he should be ready for training camp in the fall.
The Suns are enduring the longest playoff drought in the franchise's history.