Jackson will come off the bench for Wednesday's season opener against the Jazz, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 (KXTV) Sacramento reports. Jackson started 41-of-68 games as a rookie last season, but will initially come off the bench behind Yogi Ferrell and Buddy Hield on the wing to start the 2018-19 campaign. Look for Jackson to see significant minutes in the rotation, but it's still a concerning development for his value. Jackson will likely struggle to have utility in most fantasy leagues this season.
Jackson tallied 12 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and one assist across 21 minutes in the Kings' 132-93 preseason loss to the Jazz on Thursday. Jackson came off the bench Thursday, but he didn't let the reserve role prevent him from generating his second consecutive double-digit scoring performance. The 23-year-old has picked it up offensively after a sluggish start to preseason, shooting 51.7 percent (15-for-29) over his last three exhibitions. Despite coming off the bench Thursday, Jackson projects as the starting small forward come the regular season.
Jackson isn't in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason game against Utah, David Locke of the Jazz Radio Network reports. Jackson is likely getting the night to rest, although he may come off the bench at some point. Buddy Hield gets the start at forward along with Marvin Bagley.
Jackson poured in 18 points (7-12 FG, 4-8 3Pt) and added three assists and two rebounds across 23 minutes in the Kings' 132-100 preseason win over Maccabi Haifa on Monday. The 2017 first-round pick paced the Kings' first unit in scoring on the night while flashing the hot hand that he began showing signs of as his rookie campaign wound down. Jackson finished the 2017-18 season with a respectable 44.2 percent success rate from the field overall, but he averaged a meager 6.7 points across his 68 games. The goal is naturally to significantly improve on that latter figure, which will require Jackson to take much more than the 6.2 shot attempts he put up on average last season.
Jackson scored a team-high 20 points (7-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with five rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 71-54 loss to the Warriors. After scoring just five points on 2-of-6 shooting during the Kings' first summer league tilt, Jackson put together a bounce-back game Tuesday. The 15th overall pick in last year's draft, Jackson started 41 of his 68 appearances with Sacramento last season, though wasn't stuffing the stat sheet. In 22.1 minutes per contest, he averaged 6.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 44.2 percent from the field.
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