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Mavs project Jaren Jackson Jr. ‘will take a few years to fill out’

Jaren Jackson Jr., Mavs, NBA Draft

The Dallas Mavericks have a prime opportunity to reel in more talent through the NBA Draft this season with the 5th overall selection.

A potential candidate to slide down the lottery is Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr., who despite only averaging a mere 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, boasts an exceptional ceiling, blocking 3.0 blocks per game in his lone season with the Spartans.

The Mavs could be a team that benefits from his slide, recently seeing him in action during a private workout. Yet according to Mike Fisher of 24/7 Sports, the lanky forward while “very talented” “could take a few years to fill out” his 6-foot-11, 230-pound body.

Dallas has looked at the likes of Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr. extensively, while pondering potentially pulling the trigger on Michael Porter Jr., who has impressed those who witnessed his most recent workouts.

Yet Jackson is likely too raw of a product for what the Mavs are looking for, which could result on them passing on the big man comes draft night.

Jaren Jackson Jr. is slated to be selected with the third overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN’s most recent mock draft, but if they make a surprise pick, he stands to slide the most out of the top-five picks, given that most teams already appear to lean more toward one particular prospect.