It was sort of a foregone conclusion going into this game that, in the battle of the players whose names are “J. Jackson”, the Suns’ Josh Jackson would come out on top. He just has that scorer’s mentality that is missing from the Kings’ Justin Jackson. To my surprise and delight, however, Justin Jackson actually showed up to this game and scored one off of his season high of twenty. Not only that, but basketball-reference gave Justin a higher “game score” than Josh, despite Josh scoring nine more points.
Justin Jackson showing up to games is not a foregone conclusion. He scored 5, 4, and 2 points in the three games before this, albeit in fewer minutes than the forty he got in this game. You can tell the commentators were happy to see a little bit of a revival from him after that mini-slump. He’s had a decent rookie year, but there’s a long history of Kings players looking somewhat decent in their rookie seasons just because they get minutes, and then it turns out that they wash out of the league pretty quickly (Greene, Fredette, Stauskas, McLemore, etc.). Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to Jackson.