5 fast facts about GG Jackson's first season with Grizzlies after All-Rookie selection

Oct 12, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward GG Jackson (45) in action against the
Oct 12, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward GG Jackson (45) in action against the / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Fact No. 4) Only selected rookie with sub-50 games

As mentioned earlier, at the start of the season GG Jackson was attached to a two-way contract, which is a deal that limits players to just 50 total games played in the NBA and has them spending the majority of their time suiting up in the G-League as a way for them to hone their craft.

Because of this, through January 7 the forward was held to just four outings played with the varsity team and saw a lowly 18 minutes played during this particular stretch.

It wasn't until January 13 that Jackson finally received ample run within coach Taylor Jenkins' rotation, and, from then on out, he suited up for 42 of his 48 overall games played on the year and turned himself into a future building block for this Grizzlies squad.

With this, he is the only player selected to either one of this season's All-Rookie teams to have logged fewer than 50 contests played.

Had he seen more, there's a strong case to be made that he may have qualified for a First-Team nod.

Fact No. 3) Youngest NBA player to drop 25 or more points off bench

Before establishing himself as a consistent starter late in the season, Jackson was utilized as a second-unit commodity for most of the first two months of the 2024 calendar year.

In such a role, he proved to be quite effective, particularly as a scoring weapon, and averaged 13.3 points on 37.0 percent shooting from distance dating from January 13 to March 6 while coming off the pine.

During this stretch, the rookie would not only shine bright in the eyes of Grizzlies, but within the league's record books as well, as his 27-point outing against the Chicago Bulls on February 8 made him the youngest player in NBA history (19 years, 53 days old) to score 25 or more points off the bench, a mark that previously belonged to the late, great Kobe Bryant.

He accomplished such a feat while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from distance.