2. SG Josh Jackson
Jackson hasn’t had the typical journey for a top recruit who was picked No. 4 overall in the NBA Draft. While he has always been a promising athlete, Jackson has never really found a permanent home in the NBA due to his inability to be a consistent threat as a shooter.
After it looked like he turned a corner and averaged 13.4 points per game with the Pistons in 2020-21, Jackson regressed to just 6.4 points per game between Detroit and Sacramento. He remains unsigned despite his bouncy 6-8 frame after shooting an even 40% last season.
Josh Jackson might give the Toronto Raptors some value.
Nick Nurse has never been shy about taking on players who are deficient as shooters if it means that he can add a top-shelf athlete who fits in with Toronto’s emphasis on versatility. Jackson can still attack the basket, and that might be enough to earn a spot on the final roster.
Precious Achiuwa went from shooting just one 3-pointer in Miami to becoming a legitimate threat from that range. Jackson could be in line for a similar uptick in performance. If he doesn’t work out, a hypothetical non-guaranteed deal will leave Toronto on the hook for nothing.