In their latest mock draft, Bleacher Report has mocked the Pistons to take Justin Jackson from North Carolina with the 12th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. The 6’8″ Jackson averaged 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in his junior season at UNC. Jackson shot well from the three-point line at 37 percent and shot 74.8 percent from the line. The Pistons are in desperate need of some 3 point shooting. Jackson could definitely provide that for the Pistons offense.
The Pistons were 28th in the league in three-point percentage shooting 33. percent, with the Magic and Thunder, only being worse. Jackson has only gotten better and better while playing under coach Roy Williams. Jackson mostly improved behind the arc as he shot 27.9% his first two years. Like mentioned before, Jackson shot at a much-improved rate of 37.0%. Being 6’8,” Jackson is very versatile and comes off screens well. He also has a decent floater if the defender decides to go under the screen.
The Detroit Pistons need a player who they can rely on every single game and I think Justin Jackson might be that guy. Due to his size, he is limited with a high handle, thin frame, and has struggles shifting gears. A lot of mock drafts have Jackson going anywhere between the 10th all the way to late in the first round, which isn’t that surprising, because of how much depth is in this year’s draft. The Pistons also might look for a versatile center who can step out and hit the long ball like Zach Collins from Gonzaga. Whoever the Detroit Pistons pick with the 12th pick, I can guarantee it will be someone who will help solve the Pistons inconsistent 3 point shooting.
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