2. G.G. Jackson, F, South Carolina
At least in my opinion, G.G. Jackson is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s NBA Draft class. It’s difficult to label him as a pure power forward or small forward, but he’s somewhat of a tweener that, if he continues to develop and grow into his frame, could emerge as one of the most versatile players from this year’s draft class. And during his freshman season at South Carolina, he showed a little bit of it all.
Jackson averaged 15 points and six rebounds on 38 percent shooting from the field and 32 percent shooting from 3-point range. He must absolutely work on his overall offensive efficiency but he’s certainly a skilled wing or big that is just scratching the surface of what he can possibly be at the next level. He’s a supremely athletic and skilled, yet raw prospect.
If the Heat wants to take a chance on a big talent that needs to be developed, Jackson should be close to the top of their big board. While there are certainly concerns about Jackson, the high-level potential is there. For where the Heat is, I feel like Jackson makes sense on many levels.
The big question is whether or not he’ll be available when the Heat goes on the clock.