As they always say, whenever a door closes, a window opens. This appears to be the case for Milwaukee Bucks rookie Andre Jackson Jr. following Jae Crowder’s brutal groin injury.
Crowder will need to undergo surgery and will be out for at least two months. It’s a tough blow for the Bucks, no doubt, but it could be the opportunity Jackson has been waiting for.
Andre Jackson Jr. Answers the Call for Milwaukee Bucks
Monday’s 118-109 win over the Chicago Bulls was Jackson’s first opportunity to show what he can bring to the table following Crowder’s major injury. The rookie finished with five points, three rebounds, and one triple in 13 minutes of action, which obviously, isn’t all that impressive.
However, Jackson is the type of player whose contributions go way beyond the box score. He came in to provide quality minutes off the bench against the Bulls, which was exactly what the doctor (or in this case, coach Adrian Griffin) ordered.
Andre Jackson Jr. Hype Train
The fans on Twitter liked what they saw from the 22-year-old on Monday night, and more than a few supporters are already clamoring for a bigger role for the former UConn standout:
Andre Jackson is making winning plays on every single possession right now he is just amazing pic.twitter.com/ISgldBisNH
— ³⁴ (@GiannisWorld) November 14, 2023
some really nice minutes here for andre jackson jr pic.twitter.com/WUHyyz0zkL
— Dan Favale (@danfavale) November 14, 2023
Andre Jackson Jr. had some really nice minutes in Summer League, preseason and now in the regular season. The Jae Crowder injury is a blow for Milwaukee but perhaps a bonus will be that Jackson Jr. is forced into the rotation. It's hard to make an argument that he shouldn't be.
— Kane Pitman (@KanePitman) November 14, 2023
No reason he shouldn’t be playing 20+ per night, he’s a rookie with only a few games but he looks comfortable out there and does a lot of things right
— Daniel (@rstuedes) November 14, 2023
He is good at everything. Reminds me of like, a smaller more athletic Draymond. With so much potential
— skeptical bucks fan (@ThatDude_Kevo) November 14, 2023
Two offensive rebounds for Andre Jackson Jr. in the last 45 seconds. That's how Jackson and Beauchamp can make an impact in increased minutes now.
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) November 14, 2023
Andre Jackson Jr. had an impact in limited minutes.He brought good effort and activity,hedged over screens, caused deflections,rebounded, set screens that created space for others and hit a few shots.Also, understands how to use his length/athleticism,knows his role and competes
— Ross Kreines (@rosskre) November 14, 2023
We’re just going to have to play Andre Jackson Jr every single minute of the season to fix the Bucks
— Paul Henning (@brewcitypaul) November 14, 2023
Trade everyone and build around Andre Jackson Jr
— Bucks Breakdown (@Bucks_Breakdown) November 14, 2023
That last tweet is obviously an utter exaggeration, but you get the point.
The good news for Jackson is that he’s going to get a lot of chances moving forward. It’s now up to him to take advantage of the same.
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