Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. joins exclusive NBA club with David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, and Bill Walton
Memphis Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. just joined a few NBA legends in an exclusive club.
Per the Grizzlies PR, Jackson Jr. has tallied 250+ points, 20+ steals, and 40+ blocks in his first 20 games. As such, he joins legends David Robison, Patrick Ewing, and Bill Walton as the only four players to accomplish the impressive stat line.
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) November 28, 2018
Jackson Jr., the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, is averaging 13.1 points per game on 51.9 percent shooting, as well as 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 2.2 blocks.
Jackson Jr.’s defense has helped the Grizzlies attain a 103.7 defensive rating for third best in the NBA. They’re also fourth in steals with 9.0 per game and sixth in blocks with 6.0.
In their 98-103 loss to the Knicks, Jackson Jr. swatted the ball seven times. After the game, he credited the popular basketball video game, 2k, for his timing:
“I’m doing that timing stuff a lot, I get it from 2K — I’m not kidding. ‘Cause when you go for a block on 2K, you got to time it right, you have to act like you’re not going, act like your head is over there and then block it.”
— Alexis Morgan (@alexismorgan) November 26, 2018
The Grizzlies currently sport a 12-8 record. They’re looking to break the three-game skid when they face the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Nov. 30.