1. Josh Jackson makes the final roster.
Jackson was a late signing, which is surprising considering how the former No. 4 pick was just one year removed from the best season of his career. Toronto is always willing to roll the dice on premium athleticism, and Jackson has always been a deep reservoir of that trait.
With Dalano Banton likely going to make the final roster barring a complete meltdown, Jackson will likely compete with Justin Champagnie and DJ Wilson for that final spot. If Toronto is looking for the player with the highest ceiling, Jackson is clearly the top choice of that trio.
Will Josh Jackson make the Toronto Raptors?
Jackson is not a great shooter at this point in time, but he offers more scoring punch than either Champagnie or Wilson. If Nurse wants a bench sparkplug due to Otto Porter Jr’s hamstring injury, Jackson will likely be more comfortable with a handful of minutes on the perimeter than these two.
Even during his maligned stint in Phoenix, Jackson routinely showed everyone why he was such a hyped recruit and draft prospect. The Jackson who was reborn in Detroit is still in there somewhere, and Nurse might decide to keep him on the bench in order to coax it out of him.