As Memphis tries to recover from the worst regular season collapse in Grizzlies history, a bit of good news reminds us that the future will likely be bright.
The NBA announced Tuesday that Jaren Jackson Jr. has been named to Team USA as part of the Mountain Dew Rising Stars Challenge for NBA All-Star Weekend. The game will be played Friday, February 15th, and will help kick off the All-Star festivities. This will be the 2nd year in a row the Grizzlies are represented in this event - Dillon Brooks played for Team World last season.
Jaren Jackson Jr. has made quite the impression in his rookie campaign. Jaren is averaging 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 25.8 minutes per game, and his per-36 numbers would put him 2nd on the Grizzlies in scoring (if he, you know, was ever allowed to play that many minutes). His +2 net rating is tied for 2nd on the Grizzlies among players that have played at least 1,000 minutes, and he is also 2nd on the roster in win shares per 48 minutes in that group according to basketball-reference.com.
In a difficult season, this honor is fitting for JJJ and should give Grizzlies fans a bit of a boost as the uncertainty of the trade deadline becomes the story the next eight days. Jaren joins Luka Doncic, Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Rodions Kurucs, and Josh Okogie as members of this rookie class participating in the event, which will start at 8 PM CT and will be aired on TNT.
Stick with GBB, as we will have game coverage of this event on February 15th as well as continuing coverage of the Memphis Grizzlies.