Well known college basketball analyst Jay Bilas thinks Golden State got a steal with second round pick Trayce Jackson-Davis.
The IU consensus All-American was chosen with the 57th pick in the June NBA Draft.
“He’s gonna be an outstanding NBA player,” Bilas said of Jackson-Davis on the Dubs Talk podcast. “We get caught up in where he got drafted, it’s like where you get recruited in college; it really doesn’t matter after you get picked. He’s super explosive…He’s good on the block…He’s a big-time rebounder, can protect the rim. His athleticism, his strength. He’s going to be a great asset for Golden State, and to be able to steal him at 57 – that’s pretty impressive.”
Bilas said the only missing aspect of Jackson-Davis’ game at this point is his perimeter shot.
“He learned so well. He played for Mike Woodson at Indiana, who’s got a ton of NBA experience and was an outstanding NBA coach,” Bilas said. “He runs the floor really well. He’s not going to be a trail 3-point shooter, maybe over time he develops that but he hasn’t shown that just yet. But he’s very good in pick-and-roll situations. When he rolls to the basket, he rolls with tremendous athleticism, he’s a lob threat. I think he’s going to be a really good player for Golden State.”
Bilas said Jackson-Davis likely would have been a lottery pick 10 years ago, but fell in the draft because he hasn’t shown he can make threes.
Jackson-Davis dealt with a hamstring injury during the NBA Summer League, but he did make two appearances.
In two games for the Warriors, Jackson-Davis averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per contest while shooting 66.7% (14-of-21) from the floor and 66.7% (4-of-6) from the free throw line. He did not attempt a three.
To listen to all of Bilas’ comments, the podcast is below:
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