Josh Jackson likely to get the starting job on Saturday for Suns
Second year man out of Kansas, forward Josh Jackson will most likely start tonight, per Gina Mizell of The Athletic (Arizona).
Update: Ayton and Anderson have both been upgraded to probable to play tonight. Reminder, Booker is out tonight with a strained left hamstring sustained Wednesday (and day-to-day moving forward). Coach Igor Kokoskov said Josh Jackson would likely start in Booker’s place. #Suns https://t.co/5REJIUeobW
— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) October 27, 2018
The Suns are off to a slow start to the season, as they are 1-3. It seems like Deandre Ayton and Ryan Anderson will play. Booker is listed as day-to-day. Which means, Jackson will most likely start in place of Booker.
As for Josh Jackson and what he will bring into the lineup, he is averaging 8.3 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game. He is shooting 39.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from three on the young season.
As for what the Suns will be missing without Booker in the lineup, he is averaging 27.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game. He is shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from three on the season.
It will be interesting to see how the team will adjust on their playing style without their number one option. The Suns will face the difficult task tonight by playing the Grizzlies.
If Josh Jackson does start, it would be his first start of the season. Last season, he started in 35 games. Veteran forward Trevor Ariza who signed a one-year, $15 million deal over the summer with the team, has started during the first four games of the season.
Inserting Jackson into the lineup will most certainly provide help on the defensive end on the floor and add some versatile to the team on both ends.