Jackson supplied 13 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, one rebound and one block across 28 minutes in the Suns' 116-83 preseason loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Jackson bounced back from a rough stretch that had seen him drain just 12 of 45 attempts over three prior exhibitions. The second-year wing drew the start at shooting guard Wednesday and could open the regular season there if Devin Booker (hand) is still in the final stages of his recovery at that point.
Jackson compiled seven points (3-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five assists and two rebounds across 35 minutes in the Suns' 117-109 preseason win over the Warriors on Monday. Jackson drew another start at shooting guard, but he couldn't find his shot consistently for the third consecutive game. The 21-year-old is now 12-for-45 from the field during that stretch, a sample that includes a 2-for-15 tally from distance. With Devin Booker (hand) projected to be out for the remainder of preseason at minimum, Jackson should continue seeing ample playing time. However, he'll need to correct his offensive woes in short order come the regular season to continue claiming his fair share of minutes -- the Suns now sport a deeper small forward depth chart following the offseason arrival of Trevor Ariza, while first-round pick Mikal Bridges is an option to back up Booker at the two-guard spot.
Jackson poured in 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and added six assists, five rebounds and two steals across 33 minutes during the Suns' 106-102 preseason loss to the Kings on Monday. The second-year wing had previously stated that improving his outside shot was a priority for him this season, and he got off to a stellar start in that regard Monday. Jackson should benefit greatly from the extended playing time he received during his rookie campaign and will be counted on as a key component of the second unit to open the season. However, it remains to be seen how minutes will be sorted out at the three between him, offseason acquisition Trevor Ariza and T.J. Warren.
Jackson is hoping to improve as a three-point shooter this season. The second-year wing said he'd like to improve his three-point efficiency by five percentage points, which would be a tangible leap but still a number that leaves plenty to be desired. Jackson shot just 26.3 percent from beyond the arc as a rookie last season, dragging his overall field goal percentage down to just 41.7 percent. Outside shooting wasn't exactly a strength of Jackson's coming out of Kansas, but considering he's also a poor free throw shooter (63.4% FT), he'll need to improve from beyond the arc to become a more viable fantasy commodity in formats that value shooting efficiency.
Jackson will not play during the remainder of summer league, Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports. Though he's sporting a brace on his wrist, Jackson's absence for the remainder of summer league is reportedly no injury related. Despite seeing nearly 2,000 minutes in the NBA last season, the second-year player struggled in three summer league games, shooting just 24.4 percent from the field.
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