Reggie Jackson draft profile

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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.

Overall

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.  

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  • Help from the West

    I don't see any Eastern Conference team rushing to do a draft/trade with our Bulls. Why would any conference foe help us?

    If help comes in the way of a draft/trade, I think it will come from the Western Conference. And I don't expect anything to happen until NBA draft day.

  • Nice review Kevin. Anyone who follows the draft knows that it's an inexact science to say the least. In fact, it's a crap shoot because besides talent, and ability to put the ball in the hole, you also need the less quantifiable traits of being sharp(b-ball I.Q.) and confidence to succeed in the profession as in any other.

    You see guys with talent and who can put the ball in the hole(which is hard enough to find), but if they aren't blessed with basketball I.Q., and confident in themselves they'll have two or three good years maybe then fade away. Reggie Jackson has the talent. And with five three attempts per game yet shoots 42% from three, shoots 80% from the line, and still manages 50% shooting from the floor with all those threes in a major conference? All that's left in my mind is the confidence and basketball I.Q. factors. I watched him in about five or six games. I'd say basketball I.Q. is there. But confidence/presence? I really don't know. He just turned 21, and had his first prolific scoring season. An his free throw shooting improved every year. I think he's the real deal. With that three opening things up, a surprisingly quick first step, and solid handles with both hands, plus pretty elite athleticism unless there are character concerns or lacking confidence issues he's the guy I'm drafting at 28 if he's there. After that best available at 30: Jenkins, JuJuan Johnson, Nolan Smith. If we do trade Asik or Taj for a good SG then Johnson makes sense. Plus he's supposed to be a good notable character guy. I still wish we could trade up in a perceived(and in reality) weak draft overall, and get Alec Burkes who has dropped into the late teens. Or Klay Thompson though I wonder about Thompson's confidence, and have liked what I have seen of Burkes'. But again I'd be shocked if the Bulls did anything so unBullslike/ballsy. Plus as Doug recenty noted the feeling is Reinsdorf will go the cheap route, and not open his check book which means the karma will not be good for drawing in a talented SG through a big trade.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    Reinsdorf's spending test will come whether he will spend or not on the 9/10/11/12th players or big money on 6-8 players like Dallas or Lakers did. Cuban spent big money on backups like Haywood, Terry...Will Reinsdorf do the same for Taj, Asik or a 6th man like Ben Gordon type?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Haywood was signed the be the starter, the credit should go to making the Chandler deal despite having a high paid starter he was replacing.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    The consensus among draft experts is that this draft is weak at the top. Picks in the range the Bulls possess aren't significantly worse (or better) than they'd be any other year.

  • In reply to kukoc4cocopuffs:

    Still overall weak draft and the best players will be gone when the Bulls picks come around. No impact players as of now, maybe a good player here or there. Bulls would be better off trading picks

  • In reply to kukoc4cocopuffs:

    Taj is a pretty good example of a player in this range that can surprise, but he's admittedly the exception and not the rule. I agree that these picks are probably more valuable as trade assets for a team positioned as the Bulls are.

  • In reply to kukoc4cocopuffs:

    Supposedly, he has a guarantee from MIA at #31.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    I wish the lockout was not happening; that way we would really see how Reinsdorf would spend. As for this guy, I think he could be good, but it would be a couple of years.

    One thing about ACC is that it takes a while for several players to adjust to the physicality of the ACC.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    Its been rumored that OKC will take this kid at #24 so he probably won't be there when the Bulls picks come up. The draft picks the Bulls have are close to being worthless not unless they use them as trade bait... VERY WEAK DRAFT!!!

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