Rookie JJJ leads Grizzlies to win in Summer League debut
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Jaren Jackson Jr., the fourth pick in the NBA draft, outshined No. 5 overall pick Trae Young in the NBA Summer League debut for both players.
The 6-foot-10 Jackson had 29 points and shot 8 of 13 from 3-point range to help Memphis Grizzlies defeat Young’s Atlanta Hawks 103-88 on Monday night in Utah.
Jackson came out hot, hitting his first two 3-pointers and was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc in the first half, including a buzzer-beater from half court to give his team a 47-41 lead at the break. The 18-year-old Jackson showed the shooting stroke that made him a 40 percent 3-point shooter in college and scored 12 straight points during one stretch in the fourth quarter to help the Grizzlies pull away.
“I definitely felt hot at different spots during the game. If kind of felt surreal a little bit,” said Jackson, the team’s highest drafted player since Hasheem Thabeet.
While Jackson was doing just about everything right, Young was having a miserable debut.
Young, who averaged 27.4 points per game last season for Oklahoma, missed all nine shot attempts in the first half, including six 3-pointers. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year struggled to recover after air-balling his first two shots and finished with 16 points on 4-of-20 shooting.
He was 1 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Kobi Simmons had 19 of his 21 points in the first half and finished 8 of 13 from the field for Grizzlies, while second-round pick Jevon Carter chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.