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 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.
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 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.
Jackson won't play during Thursday's summer league action against the 76ers due to rest, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Jackson has struggled through three summer league games, averaging 10.3 points on 24.4 percent shooting. It's unclear if he'll appear in another game, however, considering he saw nearly 2,000 minutes in the NBA last season.
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