2016 NBA Draft: Demetrius Jackson scouting report
Demetrius Jackson 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Demetrius Jackson scouting report
As a junior at Notre Dame, Demetrius Jackson more than filled the shoes of Jerian Grant. He improved in nearly every category, averaging 15.8 points and 4.7 assists per game, which proved his legitimacy as an NBA prospect. Jackson might be undersized, but he makes up for it with his dynamic athleticism.
Click through the slides for Jackson's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Jackson is 6-foot-1, but he tends to play above the rim. He’s built like an NFL safety and it looks like he bounces off a trampoline when he flies towards the rim. He’s also a speed demon on the floor. Jackson doesn’t need a screen to get open and gets to the rim with ease, a highly valuable skill in the NBA.
Even though Jackson shot only 33.1 percent from three, he’s a terrific spot up shooter. So he can be used off-ball, giving him a great deal of versatility for teams that play with multiple point guards.
Jackson regressed defensively as a junior because of his increased offensive workload, but when he’s dialed in he has the lateral quickness to be a pest.
Jackson’s size is a limitation against modern day point guards. No matter how feisty he is there will be opponents that take advantage of him.
He might have a quality spot up jumper, but Jackson had trouble shooting off the dribble. It’s not a necessity for him to develop this skill, but it’d be an immense bonus on top of his already exciting skill-set.
The Celtics are loaded with point guards, so it’s unlikely Jackson is on their radar unless he falls in the draft.
Jackson is a fit as a player, but physically he doesn’t fit their style of guards. They tend to draft guards with longer wingspans. Though Jackson presents defensive upside because of his lateral quickness and intensity, he doesn’t project as a lockdown level player.
Jackson is a borderline lottery pick and could be available at No. 16. However, the Celtics would be better off burning the pick elsewhere.
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