Player of the Week: Josh Jackson is becoming a leader

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 24: Josh Jackson
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 24: Josh Jackson /

Josh Jackson is showing signs of leadership with his production for the Phoenix Suns, in this edition of the player of the week award.

For a second straight week Josh Jackson continued to playing at a high level. His high level of play is a sign of true leadership from the Phoenix Suns‘ rookie. Jackson’s strong play for the last seven day span of the month has only solidified his draft status. His continued offensive output and overall production has helped lead the young roster through the last rough stretch of the season.

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In a rough defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Josh Jackson provided a solid stat line for the Suns. He finished the game 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, while making 8-20 field goal attempts, none of his four 3-point attempts and 1-2 of his free throws. Jackson lead both teams in shot attempts in the matchup.

In the six point loss to the Orlando Magic, Jackson lead the Suns in scoring and second in assists. He ended the contest with 18 points, two rebounds, five assists and three steals, while shooting 6-17 from the floor, 0-2 from downtown and 6-8 from the foul line.

It was disappointing that the Suns lost to a starless Boston Celtics, but Josh Jackson showed up and was tied with Jayson Tatum as the game’s leading scorer. Jackson had 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while converting 9-15 shots from the field, 1-3 from behind the arc and 4-9 on free throws.

Jackson finished the week with another solid performance in the Suns’ loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. At the end of the game he had 18 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks, while shooting 8-17 from the field, 25 percent from 3-point land and 50 percent from the charity stripe. This was the eighth game in a row that Jackson scored in double-digits.

Honorable Mention

Tyler Ulis has picked up his play recently and has earned honorable mention. In the four games in the last full week of March, Ulis has averaged 16.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.8 steals. Ulis’ future with the Suns’ is in his own hands and it appears he’s doing everything in his power to stay with the team beyond this season.

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Josh Jackson’s leadership was on full display with his play this past week. He averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.5 blocks and 2.3 steals. If he can produce similar numbers along side Devin Booker, the Phoenix Suns will be in a good position to compete next season.