Jackson delivered 22 points (10-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 107-97 loss to the Jazz.
The rookie's move back the second unit due to the return of Devin Booker (hip) was ultimately a non-issue, as Jackson saw just as much time as Booker did in the starting five and was blistering-hot from the field. The 21-year-old's outing was especially a welcome sight, considering he'd suffered through a 4-for-18 shooting night against the Warriors on Monday night. Jackson's recent surge in production looks to be the real deal, as he's now reached or eclipsed the 20-point mark in six of the last nine games and is averaging 17.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocks through seven February contests. It remains to be seen if Jackson's return to the bench will put much of a dent in his production, but Wednesday's results certainly don't hint at that coming to pass.
Jackson will return to a bench role for Wednesday's matchup with the Jazz, Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic reports.
Jackson has started 23 games this season, but with Elfrid Payton looking like a strong addition at the trade deadline, it appears the Suns will no longer be using Devin Booker at point guard to start games. That means Booker will shift back to the wing and results in Jackson's demotion to a bench role. The Suns are still not expected to make the playoffs and it's likely in their best interest to give their rookie as much playing time as possible the second half of the season. For that reason, Jackson's playing time may only take a slight hit despite working as a reserve.
Jackson posted 20 points (10-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-4 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots and a steal in 39 minutes during Saturday's 123-113 loss to the Nuggets.
Jackson, despite enjoying a great rookie season with the Suns, may be seeing a reduction in minutes with the arrival of Elfrid Payton. When everyone returns to full health, Jackson could be demoted to the second unit with Payton, Devin Booker and T.J Warren as the team's starting backcourt.A lot will depend on how effective Payton and Booker are together, and there may be a few games where Booker will man the point and Jackson will return to the two spot, but it seems unlikely that the Suns brought Payton in to bench him. Owners of Jackson will need to monitor this situation closely, as a reduction of output from the rookie could affect many owners adversely as fantasy playoffs approach.
Jackson scored 13 points (6-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding six rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 129-81 loss to the Spurs.
The rookie has taken a big step forward since the calendar flipped to 2018, averaging 15.4 points, 5.1 boards and 1.3 three-pointers in his last 16 games. If Devin Booker (hip) and Tyler Ulis (back) miss extended action, Jackson's usage would likely grow even further given the lack of other backcourt options for the Suns.
Jackson posted 16 points (7-19 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 36 minutes in Tuesday's 112-93 loss to the Lakers.
The rookie's surge continues, with Tuesday's effort representing his fifth straight double-digit scoring effort and seventh in the last eight games overall. Jackson's rebounding total also equaled a career high and helped round out his line on a night when he shot under 40.0 percent for the third time in the last five games. The 2017 fourth overall pick appears to have the starting two-guard spot locked down for the time being and is rewarding fantasy owners that stuck with him through the inconsistent start to his career.
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