Reggie Jackson (Boston College)
6'3, 205 lbs., PG
Coming out of nowhere with ablistering season for Boston College, Reggie Jackson, in terms of athletic ability and skill, is a top 15 player. Normally a player of his talent would see his draft stock increase as the process furthered, but his stock is declining due to injuries preventing him from showcasing his talents.
Reggie creates his own shot and sets up others making him a very dangerous offensive player. He has one of the best first steps in this draft and can use either hand to get to the rack. This past season, he improved his jumper, especially his three point shot.
Reggie shot 42% from beyond the arc this past season, so the talent is there. While at Boston College, Reggie was used more as a scoring guard even though he showed good passing ability and a solid assist-to-turnover ratio.
Despite that, Reggie is still somewhat raw offensively. While he improved his shot and shot selection at the collegiate level, how will it transfer to the NBA? Was his three point shot a fluke? And while his shot selection improved, it was still shaky.
Reggie does a great job getting to the rack to create his own shot, but can he add the mid range jumper? He will also need to adjust to the NBA help defense at the rim, because even at the collegiate level he'd throw up ill-advised shots at funky angels.
Also, while a very good passer, he was not the main point guard for Boston College, so there are concerns about his ability to run a team effectively. He'll also need to add some strength and weight to adjust to the physicality of the NBA.
Defensively, Reggie has many great attributes that should transfer to the next level. He has great feet, lateral quickness, a great wing-span, and solid size as a 6'3 point guard. He'll likely generate plenty of steals, but he struggles struggles with pick-and-roll defense due to his frame though adding some strength should improve that.
Reggie has a ton of upside given the quality in this draft. He is a good athlete, with the ability to get into the paint and also set up others. Defensively, he potential to defend at a high level on or off the ball if he can use his feet and not gamble too much.
His draft stock would probably be late lottery to high teens if not for the injuries. I question how quickly he will adjust to the league and whether he can improve on many of his raw abilities. Coming out of college, he reminds me a little of a taller Jeff Teague.
How does he fit on the Bulls?
In terms of impact, Reggie would provide one of the better talents at the selection the Bulls are picking. He provides another creator with defensive upside. While raw, he's probably no worse at running the point than C.J. Watson was when he first joined the Bulls.
However, if Watson remains on the team, finding minutes for Jackson might prove difficult, especially given his learning curve. I think Reggie has the talent to be a good player at the next level, but it will be down the road.
The Bulls can likely get players with their picks that are more likely to contribute right away. Normally, I am about taking the best player available, but we need players that can provide more stability and instant depth. However, in the late 1st round, early 2nd, Reggie would be a steal.