NBA star Paul George praises Memphis Grizzlies rookie GG Jackson

Count Los Angeles Clippers winger Paul George among the proven NBA players who are convinced of the potential of Memphis Grizzlies rookie GG Jackson.

In a recent episode of George's “Podcast P” show, the nine-time All-Star took the time to praise Jackson.

“I think he's really good. He's not talked about enough in his rookie season,” George said of the Grizzlies' 6-foot-1 winger.

“The lights were a little dim in Memphis and he used his light to show that he is here to stay in the NBA,” George later added.

Jackson didn't get much playing time until Memphis was without four of the five projected starters from the preseason and several key backups due to injuries. Playing time began to increase in January and Jackson finally made the starting lineup. He averaged 14.6 points in 48 games played and was named to the All-Rookie second team.

George, who is listed at 6'0″, was one of the players Jackson was compared to, as he was similar in size to tall wingers who are known scorers. Jackson was sent into the game against the Clippers on Jan. 12 after Desmond Bane suffered an ankle injury. Although Jackson only played nine minutes, he spoke enthusiastically about sharing the court with George and Kawhi Leonard.

Jackson finished the game with four points, but scored at least 20 points in each of his next two games. In his final game of the season against the Denver Nuggets, he scored 44 points, a season-best performance.

“I think he's just complete,” George said. “A big wing player who can score at a high level. He gets rebounds, he defends, he's super athletic.”

Before being named to the starting lineup, Jackson broke a record previously held by Kobe Bryant on February 8 when he scored 27 points as a substitute, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to achieve that score.

Although George admitted he didn't want to put Jackson in that category, he did mention Bryant's name when looking back on Jackson's rookie season.

“I don't think he gets talked about enough when you look at him in light of the guys who came into this league and were successful and started their careers at such a young age,” George said.

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Damichael Cole is the Memphis Grizzlies sportswriter for The Commercial Appeal. Contact Damichael at [email protected]. Follow Damichael on X, formerly known as Twitter, @DamichaelC.