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.
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 tallied 20 points (7-24 FG, 2-12 3Pt, 4-5 FT) and four rebounds in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 96-84 summer league loss to the Cavaliers.
Following Wednesday's tilt, Jackson is averaging 19.0 points across four summer league tilts. That represents a significant step in the right direction for the second-year player out of North Carolina, as he posted just 6.7 points across 22.1 minutes per game as a rookie.
Jackson accrued 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and two rebounds across 31 minutes during Tuesday's 94-80 win over the Grizzlies.
Jackson, who averaged just 6.7 points in 22.1 minutes last season, has turned his scoring up during this year's summer league. Through six summer league games, he's totaled 107 points, plus 19 rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block. It's possible he breaks into fantasy relevance for deeper leagues this season.
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