What to Expect from Tonight's Unpredictable NBA Draft
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 0:58
Jackson, who played one year at Duke after being named a McDonalds All-American in high school, was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 31st overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft on Thursday night.
Kansas' Josh Jackson answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Phoenix Suns as the fourth pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY. As an athletic wing with a defensive edge, Jackson brings a toughness that this young Suns squad desperately needs.
Three players were chosen in the top ten with Duke's Jayson Tatum (No. 3 to Boston), Florida State's Jonathan Isaac (No. 6 to Orlando), and N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr. Fultz ended his freshman season averaging 23.2 points, 5.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. "He just said guys that are my size and are versatile offensively and defensively, it's hard not to play those guys".
On draft night, they still grabbed one of the most NBA-ready players available. Tatum said he stayed in contact with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski throughout the draft process, and it was Coach K who encouraged him to take the Celtics up on their invitation. Those logistics, which were originally blamed on the short time between the C's-Sixers trade and the NBA Draft, as it turns out, was actually just Jackson's desire to not land with the Celtics, according to Danny Ainge. Number three-potentially shooting guard Josh Jackson to the Boston Celtics-will earn $4,090,900 in his first year. Jackson averaged 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season for the NCAA champion Tar Heels. I think that's what really makes me special.
As for the Pelicans second pick at number 52, they went with another point guard in Edmond Summer out of Xavier University in Ohio. "I think that I get to learn that much more, especially from a veteran team that knows what it takes to get there".
The night also produced the first Kansas State player drafted since 2008 when the Orlando Magic selected Iwundu with the No. 33 pick.
We'd like to hear who you want on your team. "I'm happy to be home".
"I love proving people wrong", Jackson said. "I would have no question putting him in the game offensively now, but defensively, I wouldn't put him in a game right now". While Tatum's propensity to live in the mid-range area may have hurt his shooting percentage, he still shot 45.2 percent from the field and hit almost 85 percent of his charity-stripe attempts.
"I knew right before the draft something insane was going to happen".
His stock only went up during his freshman season.