Kansas’ Josh Jackson is the next best prospect on the board for me and the gap between him and the rest of the field is again reasonably large, so despite this not being the best fit, it would behoove Philadelphia to select him here.
Jackson’s fit with the Sixers is questionable given that the team will be able to get forward Ben Simmons into the mix next season. Simmons will dominate the ball offensively and was a poor shooter in college. Meanwhile, Jackson’s biggest flaw is that he has virtually no projectable jump shot because his mechanics are going to have to be reworked significantly once he enters the league. That will cause some spacing issues in the short-term, but Jackson’s verifiable skills in other areas should assuage any concerns.
The 6-foot-8 swingman is the best wing creator in the class. He has a reasonably good handle, a solid first step and enough craftiness on the ball to get to the rim at a high rate. Jackson is also an excellent passer with unrivaled court vision for his position among 2017 prospects. That’s enough to make him a valuable offensive prospect even without a jump shot. Add in the fact that he’s a top-notch perimeter defender who has shown the ability to guard multiple positions at the college level and you’ve got yourself a worthy second pick.
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