Hornets trade 31st pick Frank Jackson to Pelicans

Solenn Plantier
Juin 25, 2017

Former Lone Peak star Frank Jackson walked up onto the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a smile on his face and a Charlotte Hornets hat on his head. The Pelicans moved Frazier to add another pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft.

"It doesn't feel real".

The Charlotte Hornets, who recently acquired Dwight Howard, completed another deal on Thursday, this time giving up the 31st selection, Duke's Frank Jackson, to the New Orleans Pelicans for the 40th pick on the night and cash considerations. It's going to allow me to play with those guys and just learn. "I'm going to come in, compete - that's what I do - and look forward to the future".

But perhaps more impressive was Jackson's ability to find a way to flip his own chosen path (read as: blowing off workouts) into people and teams doubting his talents.

"I'm super excited to be in this situation", Jackson said "I'm part of the National Basketball Association". "It's been a fun process". In the first round, a record 16 freshmen heard their names called.

Yahoo Sports reported Jackson underwent foot surgery in late May, but is expected to be able to play by the end of July.

But the moment was all worth it, Jackson said. Okay, we're not actually sure if he said that, but probably. "I'm here with my family, and it can't be better than that".

The New Orleans Pelicans traded up to the top of the second round in an attempt to bring in potential back-court help for a lineup featuring the All-Star tandem of power forward Anthony Davis and centre DeMarcus Cousins. "And those teams who didn't draft me, one day they will be sorry". "I'm super excited to be here, and grateful for this opportunity". He averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 39.2 percent from three-point land a year ago.

But Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said he's thought about Jackson for a while, scouting him at high school showcases in 2016 and seeing him in person five times while at Duke. "He does a good job of handling it, getting to the basket and getting to spots on the floor that a lot of point guards can't".

"I have all the confidence in the world in myself", Jackson said. "I work my tail off for everything I've ever gotten. But for the most part, he just wants to be there and to know that he cares for me".

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