2021 NBA Draft mock #16: Boston Celtics: Isaiah Jackson
The Celtics are undergoing a massive transition. Danny Ainge retired, and Brad Stevens moved from head coach to top decision-maker. Stevens is now looking for a new coach and searching for ways to upgrade a roster that was eliminated by the Nets in the first round of the playoffs. Expect plenty of Kemba Walker trade rumors in the weeks ahead.
Isaiah Jackson has an NBA-ready skill and plenty of upside to develop into a key rotation player. He averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in 20.8 minutes per game during his lone season at Kentucky. Foul trouble was an issue, but the 19-year-old was an impressive rim protector and rebounder for the Wildcats.
Boston could use him in a limited role off the bench as a lob threat and rim protector. Jackson is 6’10 and 206 pounds. He will need to add mass to be a starting big man in the NBA, but 19-year-old has no issues rejecting shots.
Isaiah Jackson could be a top ten pick. Some team may fall in love with his athleticism and defensive potential. The Boston Celtics will be ecstatic if he slips to 16th as they attempt to add a long-term answer in the frontcourt.
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