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Demetrius Jackson, PG, Boston Celtics

Demetrius Jackson

Jackson might be another overhyped second round draft pick for the Celtics that doesn’t pan out. At first it happened with Jordan Mickey, 31st pick in the 2015 draft: over 4M in 4 years (with the last two unguaranteed), lots of hype, and he never made it into the rotation or had any kind of impact. Jackson was not as hyped as a prospect as Mickey but coach Brad Stevens himself sponsored the pick. He ended up making the roster of a team that picked 4 point guards in the last 3 years and that will have a lottery pick in a 2017 draft (courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets) with plenty of point guards with All Star potential in it. There’s no room for Jackson in the Celtics roster, and his size (6 feet, 194 pounds) might be an issue in the Nba. He spent this season with the Maine Red Claws in D-League, and will probably stay there until next year. He has been averaging 18.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while being a leader on and off the court.

His personal history is well known to Ncaa fans and Notre Dame fans in particular: his character and attitude will always push him to do his best and then some, but the truth is, the context he finds himself into might not be the right one. For him to truly emerge, he might have to move to a new team, and even then, his ceiling might be in a sixth-man kind of role and be the first guard coming off the bench. Starting against the giants is not something normal people usually are capalbe of (unless we are talking about Isaiah Thomas). For the moment, staying in D-League and getting some playing time is the best thing that could have happened to him. His talent is worth the Nba and will find his way in his own time.