For a complete list of all the draft prospects' measurements at the Draft Combine and a recap. Kyrie Irving, Enes Kanter, and Kemba Walker are among the notable surprises.
With the NBA Draft Lottery behind us, it is full-scale draft season. The fan favorite to win the lottery was unquestionably Dan Gilbert’s exuberant 14-year old son, Nick, who has fought a rare illness his entire life. The life-size good luck charm definitely came through as the Cavaliers were able to secure the #1 position through the draft pick acquired in the Mo Williams – Baron Davis trade with the Clippers though there was only a 2.8% chance of it winning the lottery. The Utah Jazz also jumped into the top 3 picks via their trade with the New Jersey Nets that sent Deron Williams to the east coast.
Despite the joy coming from the Cavs’ entourage, there were many team representatives that were even more disappointed than usual due to this year’s draft class. Some have called this a “bad” or “weak” draft but it depends on your perspective. If you’re in the lottery and don’t have a top 2 pick then you may be in a bad situation but teams in the mid-late first round may be very pleased with the draft.
If you haven’t heard of Reggie Jackson, you will soon. The junior point guard out of Boston College is the kind of player that would experience a late rise in any draft due to his intriguing athleticism, potential, and relatively unheralded, late-blooming college career. Right now, Jackson is all over on mock draft boards – from mid-late first round to mid 2nd round – but I expect that he’ll be a lottery pick on draft night. Fans and scouts alike will become more familiar with Jackson as the combine and workouts are completed (Click here for highlights).
In his junior year, Jackson took a major step forward. Averaging 18.2 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4.3 rpg on 50% fg, 42% 3fg and 79.6% ft, the 6’3’’ guard was named to the All-ACC first team. His scoring increased from 12.9 ppg and his shooting improved considerably from 43% fg and 29% 3fg. He also took over as the team’s indisputable leader and was the focal point of every opposing team’s defensive strategy but was still very hard to contain.