Best guess: Josh Jackson goes to Lakers with second pick in draft


Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) throws a pass over Oregon guard Dylan Ennis (31) to the wing during the first half on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Sprint Center.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) throws a pass over Oregon guard Dylan Ennis (31) to the wing during the first half on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Sprint Center. by Nick Krug

My only question regarding Josh Jackson’s since-deleted, late-night tweet seemingly aimed at projected No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz is why delete the tweet?

It read: “lol anybody with the smallest bit of talent can look good and lose it’s not that hard”.

It serves as a reminder that Jackson knows the best trait a basketball player can bring to a basketball game is a winning trait. He brings it to every possession and that’s why he, as a whole, is a greater prospect than the impressive sum of his parts.

Still, most mock drafts have Jackson going either to the Celtics with the third pick — assuming the trade that gives the 76ers the first pick is finalized — or to the Suns with the fourth pick.

My guess: Jackson will become a Laker, the decision made by fellow native of Michigan, all-time great point guard Magic Johnson, another basketball player who forever put winning first. Magic tried to get Jackson to go to Michigan State out of high school and no doubt sees a little of himself in the versatile 6-foot-8 prospect when Jackson shows great court vision in finding a teammate and zipping a pass through a small window, a little bit of James Worthy when Jackson slams a one-handed dunk in transition, a little bit of Michael Cooper when Jackson locks down his man.

UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, another terrific prospect, has been a mainstay at the No. 2 spot in mock drafts for a long, long time. Jackson’s the superior defender and is even more versatile than Ball. Selecting Jackson would give the Lakers an extremely young perimeter trio that could grow together and flourish once a strong frontcourt is assembled.

Point guard D’Angelo Russell, a two-year veteran out of Ohio State, is 21. Jackson is 20. Wing Brandon Ingram, entering his second season with the Lakers, is 19.


Steve Jacob 11 months, 1 week ago

I am still of the opinion Josh can fall some because we don't know any results of the KU dorm investigation. Drafting a top pick who gets charged with rape is a sure way to get fired. Pretty sure it was not him, but do you risk your job on the small possibility?

Phil Leister 11 months, 1 week ago

You're confusing Josh Jackson with Carlton Bragg. Bigly.

Steve Jacob 11 months, 1 week ago

Until we see the report it's anyone's guess. You can bet this paper and the KC Star has lawyers on it.

Harlan Hobbs 11 months, 1 week ago

I agree with Tom. The team that gets Josh will have landed the player with the best potential for future success. He has the most intangibles to go along with his remarkable and diverse basketball skills.

It sure would be fitting if the Lakers pick him ahead of Lonzo Ball. Daddy Lavar would be beside himself.

Andy Tweedy 11 months, 1 week ago

I love my fellow Jayhawk fans, but when it comes to the NBA draft, I don't listen to any of them! This is the same board where I'm guessing 78% said Thomas Robinson would be a better pro than Anthony Davis. There...and Josh Jackson is the best player in this draft, I'm sure of it!!!

Jonathan Allison 11 months, 1 week ago

pretty sure it was 83%. But the point still stands.

(Or maybe that is Bill Self's KU winning percentage...)

Tracey Graham 11 months, 1 week ago

The Lakers are almost definitely taking Lonzo Ball. That seemed pretty clear even before they traded D'Angelo Russell to the Nets on Tuesday. They want the local kid who will be box office. I don't think he's the next Magic/Stockton/Nash/Kidd, but we'll see.

Josh Jackson will probably land with the Celtics at #3 pick.

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