San Antonio Spurs Draft

San Antonio Spurs: Isaiah Jackson can be game-changer at #12

Cal Durrett
Isaiah Jackson - Arkansas v Kentucky
Isaiah Jackson - Arkansas v Kentucky / Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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The San Antonio Spurs will have a number of talented prospects to choose from when selecting 12th in this year’s draft. One player with the potential for that talent to flourish in the league has seemingly flown under the radar: Isaiah Jackson. It's hard not to get excited about him when taking a closer look at what he can do on the court, and he could ultimately be another steal if selected by the Spurs.

As a freshman at Kentucky this past season, Jackson averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and shot 54% from the field in just 20.7 minutes per game. However, what really stands out about him is his intriguing physical tools.

The 19-year-old center measured a sufficient 6'10", and he has a massive 7'3 wingspan and impressive speed to boot. That, in combination with his impressive athleticism, made for a scary rim-running lob threat.

While he is still learning how to make the most of those physical tools, the results are already impressive, especially on the defensive end. Jackson emerged as an imposing rim protector, ranking 15th in the nation in blocked shots despite only playing 20 minutes a game.

Among the other Spurs young players like Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, and Luka Samanic, he would bring yet another level of athleticism to the Spurs, but this time in the frontcourt. If the Spurs were to pair him with another free-agent big man like John Collins, for example, they could turn into a scary duo for the Spurs. With that in mind, here, we'll go into more detail as to why he would be a good choice for the Spurs' 12th overall pick.

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