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NBA Mock Draft: Indiana Pacers Select Justin Jackson From North Carolina

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team's pick. To continue the 2017 NBA Mock Draft, Indy Cornrows takes Justin Jackson from North Carolina

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #18 -- Justin Jackson, Small Forward, North Carolina

SBNation’s Indiana Pacers blog Indy Cornrows explains their pick:

A 3-and-D wing is perhaps what the Indiana Pacers lacked most last season. With the possibility of losing C.J. Miles in free agency and Paul George in the near future, the Pacers’ search and selection of wings becomes even more critical. Look no further than North Carolina’s Justin Jackson. The 6’8” ACC Player of the Year and National Champion averaged 37.0% shooting on 7.1 3PA per game for the Tar Heels last season as a junior. Jackson’s perimeter shooting, 6’8” height, and 6’11” wingspan give him the tools to carve out a 3-and-D role in the NBA. I believe the 22-year-old is best suited as a shooting guard and would provide much needed depth at the position. Given President Kevin Pritchard’s eagerness to pursue size for position and Jackson’s three years of college experience, Jackson could find himself contributing immediately from the second unit. If Justin Jackson is available for Indiana at 18, he would be a great selection regardless if Miles and George are in the Pacers’ plans for the future.

Ridiculous Upside Analysis

With Pacers team that has a plethora of uncertainties in their future, it seems like a solid idea to pick a “safe” player that you can immediately place in your rotation. Justin Jackson is probably the best example of that as he stands as your prototypical 3-and-D player. Standing at 6’8” with a 6’11” wingspan, Jckson has showcased the ability to defend a multitude of different positions. Alongside with that, Jackson shot 37% from beyond the arc on 7.1 perimeter attempts per game.

1. Boston Celtics - MARKELLE FULTZ, WASHINGTON

2. Los Angeles Lakers - LONZO BALL, UCLA

3. Philadelphia 76ers - JOSH JACKSON, KANSAS

4. Phoenix Suns - JONATHAN ISAAC, FLORIDA STATE

5. Sacramento Kings - DE’AARON FOX, KENTUCKY

6. Orlando Magic - JAYSON TATUM, DUKE

7. Minnesota Timberwolves - MALIK MONK, KENTUCKY

8. New York Knicks - FRANK NTILIKINA, FRANCE

9. Dallas Mavericks - DENNIS SMITH, NC STATE

10. Sacramento Kings - LAURI MARKKANEN, ARIZONA

11. Charlotte Hornets - DONOVAN MITCHELL, LOUISVILLE

12. Detroit Pistons - ZACH COLLINS, GONZAGA

13. Denver Nuggets - OG ANUNOBY, INDIANA

14. Miami Heat - TJ LEAF, UCLA

15. Portland Trail Blazers - LUKE KENNARD, DUKE

16. Chicago Bulls - DJ WILSON, MICHIGAN

17. Milwaukee Bucks - HARRY GILES, DUKE

18. Indiana Pacers - JUSTIN JACKSON, NORTH CAROLINA

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20. Portland Trail Blazers -

21. Oklahoma City Thunder -

22. Brooklyn Nets -

23. Toronto Raptors -

24. Utah Jazz -

25. Orlando Magic -

26. Portland Trail Blazers -

27. Brooklyn Nets -

28. Los Angeles Lakers -

29. San Antonio Spurs -

30. Utah Jazz -