Jareen Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies has had an impressive season so far.
He led the NBA in blocked shots per game during the regular season with 3.0, and it was the second year in a row that he topped that category.
Jackson was named to his first All-Star team a few months ago, and on Monday, he won the Defensive Player of the Year award, making him the second-youngest player ever to win that honor.
He was caught on video at home upon learning that he had won the award, and his reaction was both humble and healthy.
What a great reaction to Jaron Jackson Jr. winning the Defensive Player of the Year award 🥺🏆pic.twitter.com/QHDHMmmghj
– ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 17, 2023
Jackson, a 23-year-old New Jersey native, is in his fifth pro season after being drafted fourth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft.
This season, he not only played plenty of stellar defense and provided rim protection for a strong Grizzlies team, but he also averaged 18.6 points per game while shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from 3-point range. be extended.
He was a big reason why Memphis finished third in defensive rating during the regular season.
In Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Jackson played at the peak of his powers, not only stopping two shots but scoring 31 points on 13-of-21 shooting.
But it wasn’t enough, as the Grizzlies fell 128-112 to LeBron James’ crew.
They will likely have a major loss going forward, as their franchise player Ja Morant is unlikely to play in Game 2 due to a hand injury he sustained after he committed an offensive foul during the fourth quarter.
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