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Far-Fetched Friday: Josh Jackson Will Become an All-Star on the Detroit Pistons
By: Jake Lofgren
Not too long ago, Josh Jackson was the biggest recruit coming out of high school. Josh was a true five-star recruit that everyone knew was only going to last one year at Kansas before going pro. This led the Phoenix Suns to use their fourth overall draft pick on Jackson in the 2016 draft.
Welcome back to Far-Fetched Friday, where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we believe will come to fruition. This Friday we look at Josh Jackson.
For any athlete in a team sport, the most vital thing to success is fit. Some players have all the ability and potential to succeed but may never find a team that puts them in a position to reach that potential. That is exactly the case when it comes to Josh Jackson's career so far; he hasn't gotten his big chance.
I know it might sound crazy that a fourth overall draft pick hasn't gotten a good enough opportunity, but I believe that to be true.
Jackson actually had a good rookie season, making the All-Rookie second team, while only starting 35 of the 77 games he played that season. Jackson wasn't the most efficient, scoring 13.1 points on 12.1 shots a game, but what rookies really come into the league and put up their best numbers right away? After another season of coming off the bench, the Suns gave up on Jackson and sent him to the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies would only use him for 22 games before sending him off to the G-League.
The Suns and Grizzlies both had a chance to ride through Jackson's mistakes and guide him into his potential, but still, at the age of 23 years old, the Pistons have found a diamond in the rough.
Josh Jackson now finds himself in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, where he is under little to no pressure. The Pistons are in no position to play winning basketball, meaning they should just take the time to develop their young players and put them in situations where they can grow. It suggests that someone like Jackson will be in a great position to play meaningful minutes.
Already, in his first four games, Jackson has put up 17.3 points per game on 13.3 shots while shooting a field goal percentage of about 51%. To go along with these impressive numbers, Jackson is still a phenomenal athlete and has the ability to be an elite defender as well.
Say what you want about Detroit, but it is a great city to go for second chances. Even in the last few seasons, the Pistons have helped resurrect players' careers. The Los Angeles Clippers gave up on Blake Griffin after telling him he would watch his jersey number lifted into the rafters. Griffin came to Detroit and became an All-NBA third team player and has a chance to put up similar numbers again this season. Christian Wood, cut by multiple teams and playing in the G-League, ended up in Detroit. Wood got paid this offseason by the Houston Rockets and is now a big part of a championship contender. Derrick Rose, after multiple career-altering injuries, ended up in Detroit. He finds himself in a situation where he is the leader of a team that does not get the national press exposure that he had to deal with in a place like New York or Cleveland with LeBron. The media does not pay attention to Detroit unless they have to, which is why Jackson can focus solely on playing.
Jackson is only 23 years old - the best years of his career are still well ahead of him. Jackson never found a home built for him to succeed, but now he has that opportunity in Detroit. As Detroit develops their young players like Killian Hayes, Sekou Doumbouya, Seddiq Bey, and their future draft picks, expect some of them to start flourishing.
My money is on Josh Jackson to reach his potential in Detroit and become the All-Star he was destined to be.
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