With 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2 assists averaging 41.8% shooting, the career stats of Josh Jackson have nothing infamous. However, his career does not look like a long quiet river. Drafted in 4th position by the Suns in 2017 when he left Kansas, Jackson has never really confirmed the expectations placed on him and has rather disappointed since his arrival in the league. To the point of being traded to Memphis and being sent to the G-League. Fortunately for him, he signed as a free agent before last season for Detroit where he was able to revive. Back home – he grew up in Michigan – he found a certain serenity there and the thread of a badly embarked career. Moreover, this summer was a turning point for him. Supported by the organization that believes in him, Jackson knows he already has a mentoring role to play with the young people on the team. In particular on the fact of not rushing anything and building over time.
“This is what I say to Killian (Hayes) and Cade (Cunningham), this is not a race. I am still not a finished product. I always try to be a better player. It never stops. You can’t stop. Josh Jackson
A younger highlight player, Jackson has not always shown maturity in the NBA. Sometimes more reckless than reasoned, his game suffered and his contribution to the field was sometimes more negative than positive. But Jackson has changed, the basket is no longer his only thought and he has learned to appreciate the situation and make the right pass if necessary. To the delight of his coach Dwane Casey, who relies on him.
“Josh’s decision-making was a big topic last year. We watched his loss of balls and his good deeds. Josh grew up. He has taken several steps forward in his decision making which is great for him and for the team. He’s such a good rebounder defensively, it’s a plus if he can raise in dribbling or pass the raise for the transition. We want to get the right people to do this, and he’s growing up in that role. It’s something he’s been working on and thinking about all summer. »Dwane Casey
A coach who does not blame his player for his early career. When he was 20 in the league, Jackson couldn’t assimilate everything he needed in a short period of time. And even if he may never reach the level hoped for for a fourth draft pick, he is doing today, at least what it takes to settle down in the NBA over time.
“Some players understand what to do as soon as they come into the league. For others, it takes a little longer. Regarding Josh, he went to a young team in Phoenix and then he went to Memphis and then to us, so sometimes it takes a little longer to develop and grow. Josh is still young. He is 24 years old. He always has a lot of time to play basketball in front of him. He’s way smarter than the average 24-year-old. He likes to learn. He accepts to be coached. It’s a plus for Josh to be like that. “
Compliments which we hope will find resonance during the season, as Jackson can find a place in relay of Jerami Grant, in a roster that will need a leader by example to support all the youth of a franchise which currently only aims for the progression of its nuggets.
Via The Athletic