Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. says back to backs have been toughest part of NBA
As he heads to Charlotte for All-Star weekend, Memphis Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. is also answering questions on Twitter.
The Grizzlies started a #JJJAllStar campaign allowing fans to ask Jackson about the NBA lifestyle. One inquirer wondered what Jackson felt as the hardest part about being in the NBA, to which he responded:
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 14, 2019
Jackson will compete for Team USA in the Rising Stars challenge tomorrow night in the first event of All-Star weekend.
The no. 3 overall pick in the 2018 Draft has been one of the best rookies in the league this year, posting a 16.6 PER and averaging more than one steal and nearly two blocks per 36 minutes.
Jackson is the focal point of the Grizzlies’ rebuild, but they have been cautious with his playing time.
The 6’11” power forward has started in 56 of 58 games this season, but he is averaging just over 25 minutes per game. He will have to get accustomed to the rigors of back to backs, as the recent trade of Marc Gasol should open up more time for Jackson to showcase his abilities.
A former standout at Michigan State, Jackson has showcased glimpses of his brilliance this season. He scored 36 points and added eight rebounds in a win over the Brooklyn Nets at the end of November. Jackson also ran off a streak of three straight games eclipsing 20 points earlier this month.
His size and length make him a versatile defender capable of guarding all the way out to the perimeter.
Jackson has also shown the ability to stretch the floor, shooting almost 36 percent from beyond the arc this season.