2016 Season (through March 9): GP- 62, GS- 62, PPG- 19.2, AST- 6.2, REBS- 3.3, FG- 44.4%, 3P- 36.4%
Jackson, 25, ranks ninth amongst point guards in value added (278.8), and estimated wins added (9.3). After being traded to the Detroit Pistons last season, he blossomed into a rising star. In 27 games with the Pistons in 2015 he averaged 17.6 points and 9.2 assists per game.
The Smoking Cuban
Jackson’s assist totals have dropped this year (6.2 per game), but that can be attributed to being the team’s go-to scoring threat. Unlike Kyrie Irving, he doesn’t have the luxury of a Kevin Love on the offensive end. He’s shown glimpses of being a true point guard, and I don’t envision his upward trajectory slowing down any time soon.
Jackson is great, but the best piece of this deal is rookie small forward Stanley Johnson. The Pistons selected the Arizona product eighth overall in the 2015 draft. Johnson, 19, is a raw talent with all the tools to become a force in the near future.
In 57 games this season, Johnson is averaging 9.0 points and 4.2 boards while playing 23.9 minutes per contest. Once Johnson’s shooting improves, he will be a scary matchup at the small forward position.
Bottom line, this is a trade that would make the Cavaliers a better basketball team. Unlike Irving’s stagnant development, Jackson continues to improve. Can someone get David Griffin on the phone?
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