Josh Jackson of Kansas may be one of the best all around players in this upcoming draft. He graduated high school ranked as the second best player in the country and attended University of Kansas where he averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Josh Jackson lived up to his expectations on the court and played well all season long. He faced some off court issues however he didn’t get into too much trouble and his draft stock hasn’t been affected by the issues.
Throughout the season, Jackson showed he is an elite defender and great all around ball player. On the NBA level, a player who focuses on his defense is bound to be successful. If he could develop elite defensive skills like Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, he would for sure be a lock in for a top pick and almost certain to be a perennial all star. Whether he is doing the scoring or he’s guarding the team’s best player, Jackson has a lot of game and it would be interesting to see how long he’s available on the draft board.
There have been rumors that the Knicks will select Josh Jackson if available whether or not any of the top guards are still available. The Knicks need a point guard but Josh Jackson on the Knicks would be electrifying. The Knicks lack defense and Josh Jackson is all about defense. Knicks struggled all season long ranking 25th out of 30 in points allowed per game. Hopefully a player like Jackson could help alleviate that.
With bringing in Jackson though, one must assume the Knicks plan to move on from Carmelo Anthony who’s been with the team for almost six years. Things just haven’t went right for the Knicks and trading away Carmelo Anthony but bringing in Josh Jackson still gives them a weapon at the small forward position and allows the Knicks the rebuild for their future.