Memphis Grizzlies: How Jaren Jackson Jr.’s return will help Ja Morant

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The Memphis Grizzlies have played 46 games in the 2020-21 season without Jaren Jackson Jr. In all likelihood, they will have played over 60 games before we see the young forward back in action.

For now, that has been okay. Despite missing one of their top performers, this Grizzlies team has improved upon its results from last season. They’ve done everything that was asked of them in JJJ’s absence: stay afloat and get into a good position for the NBA Playoffs.

They haven’t been without a bit of luck, either. In fact, Jackson Jr.’s injury year couldn’t have come during a better season. Unlike past years, Memphis will have the opportunity to make the playoffs this year, even if they finish in the 9th or 10th spot in the conference.

This is exactly where this team has hovered this season in a competitive year for the Western Conference. The Jackson Jr.-less Grizzlies have to hold on for a little bit longer before they get their big man back in the lineup.

Jaren Jackson Jr.’s return will impact the entire Memphis Grizzlies team

Once Jackson Jr. is back… well, we don’t know exactly how well they’ll do. There could be team chemistry issues or the team could excel. Regardless, we know for a fact that Ja Morant will thrive upon his return.

We’ve seen vast improvements in Morant’s game without Jackson Jr. around, but there have been some areas of regression for the young point guard.

But JJJ’s return can heal some of those issues. Here’s why.