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Rick Carlisle: (Isaiah) "Jackson is the most versatile young defender I’ve ever seen in this league" Oh No!


How bad of a decision was it for the Wizards to trade Isaiah Jackson for Aaron Holiday and Isaiah Todd? According to Rick Carlisle, even though the Pacers are loaded with Bigs, Isaiah Jackson will be part of the regular rotation.

SAY WHAT? REGULAR ROTATION?

OMG!

Luke Parish from Fansided:

"Pacers fans should be very excited about the direction Carlisle is taking this team. Recent coaching staffs have not favored young guys and their lack of playing time has hindered their development to some degree. That does not appear to be the case for Carlisle this season.

Rick Carlisle expects a lot from the Indiana Pacers’ rookies

In his first real media session since his opening press conference, Carlisle stated that both first-round selections in the 2021 NBA Draft would have immediate impacts on this team. Chris Duarte, a two-way wing that is NBA-ready, will be a crucial component off the bench. His role out of the gate was expected to be sizeable, especially with the injury to Edmond Sumner.

Isaiah Jackson was selected with the pick the Pacers received from the Aaron Holiday trade and was originally seen as more of a project piece. Given that Indiana has two starting bigs that will see the floor quite a bit and an exciting backup in Goga Bitadze, Jackson’s path to playing time wasn’t nearly as apparent.

However, Carlisle is already offering a ton of praise for his rookie forward as training camp looms. He believes Jackson will be a huge part of the initial rotation, stating that his defense is going to keep him on the floor as a rookie.

Indiana has some talented defensive bigs. Myles Turner as we all know is one of the league’s best when it comes to defending the paint and deterring shots at the rim. Goga Bitadze has shown some flashes in that role when filling in for Turner and looked like an absolute stud at times last season.

Adding Isaiah Jackson could allow the Pacers to play a bit smaller if he is the backup center but it could also allow him to share the floor with Sabonis or Turner as the forward. Jackson is an uber-athletic forward and versatile defender, an area the Pacers need a ton of help with. He should be a contributor right away for Rick Carlisle.

FYI: Looks like Tommy may have made a huge mistake

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