Milwaukee Bucks rookie Andre Jackson Jr. had his breakout game on Saturday, as he helped the team take down the Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors 129-118.
Jackson was sensational in the contest, dropping his first career double-double as a pro with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also collected two assists and one block–which is probably his best highlight in the game after his denial of Trayce Jackson-Davis led to a Damian Lillard triple on the other end.
The 22-year-old guard showed pure hustle and energy throughout the game. While he struggled at the start, he soon got comfortable and was eventually all over the field, playing defense and attacking the basket in every opportunity he got.
When asked postgame what led to his major leap so far, particularly his big game against the Warriors, Jackson credited the coaches for helping him with films. He also shared how his court positioning has improved. which has helped him elevate his scoring as well.
“I’m watching a lot more film and coaches are sending me a lot more clips. I’m just looking for my scoring more in that dunker spot, make the defense be more honest and open up the game more for those superstar players I’ve got on my team,” Jackson revealed, per Bally Sports.
Andre Jackson only scored two points in the first half of the contest and was -14 on the plus-minus box score. However, a strong second half–fourth quarter to be specific–saw him impact the game on both ends. In the final period, he scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks outscored the Golden State Warriors, 46-37.
Sure enough, if Jackson can build from that incredible display, he could become a key cog for the Bucks this 2023-24 season and beyond.
Adrian Griffin Full of Praise for Milwaukee Bucks Rookie Andre Jackson Jr.
Naturally, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin was full of compliments for Andre Jackson Jr. following the game. Griffin commended Jackson’s activity on the floor, highlighting that he made big time and winning plays, which paved the way to their victory.
The 49-year-old head coach proceeded to share his belief that Jackson has what it takes to be a s “special player” in the league, especially if he continues on his current trajectory.
“He made big time plays. He’s a big time player. He was a winner in college. Has a motor like I haven’t seen in a long time. He imposes his will on the game. He just made big time plays. He made winning plays,” Griffin said.
It will definitely be interesting to see how Jackson develops, but there’s no denying that he’s in the right path.
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