The New Orleans Pelicans traded up to the 31st overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft and picked Frank Jackson at the start of the second round. The Charlotte Hornets received the Pelicans 40th overall selection and cash in return.
Frank Jackson, a 6’-3’’ shooting guard, spent just one year at Duke, yet he managed to make an impression during his short stay. He averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 threes in 24.9 minutes of action over 36 games, but the statistics don’t begin to tell the whole story — he’s a fantastic shooter/scorer whose reach and athleticism are well above average for his size.
Besides the sublime dance moves above, notice how quickly Jackson should be able to adjust to the NBA three-point line. Most of his attempts in this video usually came from several steps behind the college line. The highlights also display a nice confidence in traffic, finishing well while giving glimpses of solid athleticism and some heady play. Indeed, at the NBA Combine, he registered a 42-inch vertical.
For a player of his age and ability to last until the second round, there had to be a catch and sure enough there was — Jackson is in the midst of recovering from surgery in May to repair a stress reaction in his right foot. Reportedly, the injury was first discovered in November, but he decided to hold off on having the procedure until after Duke’s season had concluded because he never experienced any pain throughout the schedule.
Although he’ll miss the upcoming summer league action, the good news is Jackson is expected to return to the court in late July and be ready for training camp.
"He will be able to resume full workouts in late July. His surgery went very well and I expect him to have a great NBA career."
With the Pelicans picking up Quinn Cook late last season, New Orleans will head into 2017 exhibition play with two Duke guards battling for time on the roster.
Stay tuned for more analysis, reaction and grades to the Frank Jackson pick!