2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks go defense, Pistons surprise at 5

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25. Memphis Grizzlies take GG Jackson

Gregory (G.G.) Jackson II and Dariq Whitehead may be the two most polarizing players in this class. Some scouts have them in contention to be picked in the late lottery and others have them outside the first round. There is zero consensus, especially for Jackson, who struggled in his lone season at the University of South Carolina.

He is 6’8 with a seven-foot wingspan. Scouts are excited about his shot-creation ability and defensive versatility. Jackson is also one of the youngest players in this class as he is still 18 years old. There is plenty of raw talent there, but GG is going to take time to develop.

He averaged 2.7 turnovers and 0.8 assists per game last season along with shooting 38.4 percent from the field, 32.4 percent on his threes, and 67.7 percent from the foul line. There are shot selection and maturity questions that could knock this immense talent out of the first round.

The Memphis Grizzlies have an outstanding young roster and a strong track record of developing talent. They would love to take a shot on GG’s upside. Can they get him to improve and become a force on both ends of the floor? Never count Memphis out when it comes to talent development.