Josh Jackson was there after all.
After the Kansas swingman’s stock soared to the point where he was reportedly in the mix to be selected by the Lakers at No. 2, he ended up falling into the lap of the Phoenix Suns.
With the pick, the Suns grabbed the best two-way lottery talent in the 2017 NBA Draft with the fourth overall selection.
Following a pre-draft day trade that put the Sixers atop the order and the Celtics third behind Los Angeles, Philadelphia started the draft by selecting Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.
The Lakers followed by taking UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, and the Celtics went with Duke small forward Jayson Tatum as a more complementary pick alongside last year’s No. 3 pick, Jaylen Brown.
That led the 6-foot-8, 207-pound Jackson to Phoenix.
“I think I can bring a lot of defensive versatility, a lot of offensive versatility. You know, I can guard 1 through 4 on the defensive end and I can play 1 through 4 on the offensive end,” Jackson told ESPN at the draft.
The 20-year-old averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a freshman at Kansas. He shot 51 percent overall and, despite a questionable jump shot, 38 percent from three-point range. Jackson struggled at the foul line, hitting just 57 percent there.
Suns select Josh Jackson with fourth pick in NBA Draft
Arizona Sports | Jun 22