Jaren Jackson Jr. will, barring a setback, play in his first game of the Memphis Grizzlies’ season on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Jackson’s status for the contest has been changed to questionable, but the forward intends to suit up and participate, according to the most recent update from Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report. As he recovers from foot surgery in the winter, JJJ has missed the Grizzlies’ first 14 games of the 2022–23 season.
The Grizzlies will undoubtedly benefit from the news, especially as Ja Morantset will play after sitting out one game with an injured ankle.
Unquestionably, Jaren Jackson Jr. is among the most crucial players for the Grizzlies, perhaps second only to Morant. The 23-year-old established himself as a true force to be reckoned with in 2021–22 with averages of 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. However, he is more essential to the Grizzlies on defense than he is in terms of his offensive production.
Given that he contributed to the Grizzlies having the sixth-best defense in the NBA in 2021–2022, JJJ is arguably the finest player to have been overlooked in the Defensive Player of the Year contest.
Fans cannot expect Jackson, who spent a lot of time on the bench, to resume his previous level of play right away. Not to mention that the Grizzlies are likely to limit his playing time until he gets back into game shape. However, his return is unquestionably a huge help to a Memphis club eager to build on and duplicate their success from the previous campaign.