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Josh Jackson: All-NBA Summer League First Team

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Taken 4th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2017 NBA Draft, Josh Jackson showed his value immediately.

2017 Las Vegas Summer League - Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

For the third year in a row, a Phoenix Suns young player was named to the All-NBA Summer League first team. But for the first time, that player was the Suns top draft pick.

In each of the last two years, the Suns top picks did not fair as well among media in the final voting at the end of the week, but this year even though the Suns were eliminated early, Josh Jackson proved his value as an offensive force and a voracious defender at the same time.

Jackson, taken 4th overall, tied for 5th in the SL in rebounding (9.2 per game) and also averaged 17.7 points, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

Which other Suns were lauded by SL media members over the past three years?

2016

The Suns had two top-8 picks in the 2016 draft - Chriss (8th) and Bender (4th) - but it was undrafted, second-year center “Big Sauce” Alan Williams who made first-team All Summer League last year, while second round pick Tyler Ulis was named to the second team.

Williams led the LVSL in rebounding (11.2 per game) for the second straight year, while Tyler Ulis was third in assists with 6.3 per game.

If you remember, Devin Booker dominated but only played a few games. HIs 26.0 scoring average and 6.5 assists average were both second best overall. But Booker only played two games, so he did not qualify for consideration.

2015

The Suns top - and only - 2016 pick was Devin Booker (13th overall), but it was second-year forward T.J. Warren who made first-team All Summer League in 2015.

Warren averaged 18.7 points per game on 54% shooting, wowing everyone with his silky smooth moves, along with 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.

2014

Tony Buckets (Warren) made the second-team All Summer League as a rookie, while Sauce made the first team as an undrafted rookie with Houston.

Warren averaged 17.8 points per game on 54.4% shooting, along with 4.9 rebounds per game.

2013

Alex Len was the Suns top pick (5th overall) but was injured and did not play. Archie Goodwin was adored by Suns fans, but did not make the cut in a year where only the first team was announced (no second-team).