By know you have probably read this fabulous piece by our fearless leader Joe Mullinax on Josh Jackson, but if you haven't, you should.
Joe is absolutely right that Jackson is a risk worth taking. He is 22 years old and was a part of a terribly run franchise that had zero stability for a player needing some stability in an unstable time of his life.
We shouldn't be quick to write Jackson off as a human being. He is young. There are things we have all done at 22 years old that if we were of any type of social status like him, people would probably rip us for. What if our baggage was aired out on Twitter for all to see, making it hard to put it behind us —where we would like it to be.
Yes, Jackson has made some bone headed life decisions, that have, at times, had on the court ramifications. But its not crazy to say that some of our poorest life decisions have effected the work we have done in our career paths.
We don't have to forget what he has done, for that means no call to accountability, but we should forgive. Forgiveness is something that we all seek — what if it was never extended our way?
Like Joe said, if it doesn't work out, Memphis can let him go and it really didn't cost us anything to take the risk. Kyle Korver was never going to play and Jevon Carter needed a fresh start.
Take a chance, get to know Josh Jackson.
Joshua O’Neal Jackson was born February 10, 1997 in San Diego County, California. His mother was stationed there while a part of the military before they moved to Michigan where he attended high school his Freshman and Sophomore years.
After leading his high school to a state championship as a sophomore, the family moved back to California where he attended Justin-Siena High School. Jackson averaged 29 points per game his two years in California, landing himself in the McDonald’s All-American game. He led the game in scoring and was Co MVP.
Jackson was considered the #1 overall recruit in the class of 2016 by multiple recruiting sites and he ultimately committed to the University of Kansas.
Phoenix is not a good example of player development due to their constantly unstable front office and coaching staff. For example, Jackson in two years has had two different coaches. His rookie year he averaged 13 points per game but only shot 26% from three. This past season, he improved his three point stroke (32%) which leads you to believe he could continue to improve that aspect of his game.
His usage rate went down as the team had a healthy Devin Booker, rookie DeAndre Ayton and an improved TJ Warren.
In Memphis, there is zero pressure for him to live up to his #4 overall selection. He won't have the pressure to be a top option offensively. He will be given the freedom to expand his game and give it his all.
Memphis has nothing to lose.
Jackson has, perhaps, his NBA livelihood on the line. Expect to see the flashes of his potential that led him to be the #1 recruit out of high school and #4 overall pick just two years ago. He could just be that wing Memphis has been looking for.