Scenario 3: Spurs select Elmarko Jackson at 17 after Raptors make playoffs
The Raptors have talent and no reason to tank. Even if Toronto finishes with the third-worst record in the NBA, they could lose their pick to San Antonio because it is just top six protected. If Pascal Siakam can lead his team back to the playoffs, the Spurs will be choosing in the middle of the first round.
Jackson is projected to be taken just outside the lottery at this stage, but the 6’3 guard could vault into the top ten with an outstanding season for Kansas. His quick first step and hunger for attacking the basket are impressive. If the 19-year-old can showcase improved playmaking and the ability to guard multiple positions it will cement his place in the top 14.
The Jayhawks have a loaded backcourt, and Jackson will be battling for playing time, which could be an advantage for the Spurs. If he shows flashes but fails to fully breakout, San Antonio could draft their point guard of the future just inside the top 20. This season could allow the Spurs to see how he plays off the ball and if his jumper holds up.
Elmarko Jackson’s athletic ability leaps off the screen, and the San Antonio Spurs would love to add him as their point guard of the future next to Victor Wembanyama.