Suns nab forward Josh Jackson with 4th overall pick


It took nearly four hours for the Pelicans to make a selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, but when they saw a chance to get their guy they swooped in fast.

In exchange for Jackson, New Orleans sent Charlotte cash and 40th overall draft choice Dwayne Bacon, a small forward out of Florida State.

In his lone season with the Blue Devils, Jackson averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. "He measures in at 6'4" tall, 208 lbs. and is considered an explosive athlete.

The Phoenix Suns selected Kansas product Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, and the Arizona Diamondbacks had the new local sports star on hand to throw out the first pitch before the team's game on Friday night.

"They weren't in my mind, to be honest", Jackson admitted to the media pool.

"There's a number of things we like", Demps said.

The Phoenix Suns selected small forward Josh Jackson of Kansas with the fourth overall pick of the National Basketball Association draft Thursday.

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Asked which guard role he prefers, Jackson responded, "I think I'm a very versatile player who can play both positions".

The 6-foot-4 Jackson, who left Duke after his freshman season, is a combo guard going to a team in need of backcourt help.

"It testified to me that I'm just as good as anybody in this draft class", Jackson said. "But for the most part, he just wants to be there and to know that he cares for me".

Jackson will be unable to play in the Summer League because of the foot surgery, but Demps said he expects him to be ready for the start of training camp.

"I feel that way 100 per cent", Jackson said. "It's been a lifelong dream and goal of mine and I saw it front of my eyes and I wanted to go and take it".

The Pelicans drafted Oklahoma sharpshooter and 2016 Naismith Player of the Year, Buddy Hield, with the sixth overall pick last year, but quickly shipped him over to Sacramento in the Cousins deal. "I work my tail off for everything I've ever gotten".