9x All-Star name-drops Grizzlies forward GG Jackson: 'He's here to stay in the NBA'

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GG Jackson showed out during his first season with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2023-24.

Despite being a second-round selection, the forward performed better than the vast majority of first-round talents that were nabbed before him in last June's NBA Draft, and this sentiment was only strengthened by his inclusion on the league's All-Rookie team roster earlier this month.

From his scoring outbursts to his sheer athleticism, with his play the 19-year-old has garnered the affection of Grind City's loyal fanbase as well as the attention of his peers strewn across the league, and, on a recent episode of Podcast P, host and nine-time All-Star Paul George was found singing his praises.

Paul George name-drops Grizzlies rookie GG Jackson on podcast

Citing his age (was the youngest player in the league this past campaign) coupled with his impressive productivity thus far at the professional level, the LA Clippers stud would discuss Jackson's status as a player in the association, and went as far as to question why he "hasn't had more recognition around the league."

"I like the kid GG Jackson -- GG Jackson for the Memphis Grizzlies. I think he's really good. He doesn't get talked about enough for his rookie campaign, to be the youngest player in the NBA and to still be productive. I know they were on a team that was kind of limited with injuries and Ja not being there but I thought he stepped in when the light was a little dim in Memphis and shared his light to kind of make a showcase that he's here to stay in the NBA"

Paul George

Continuing on with his analysis of Jackson's "must watch" talents, George would state that he's "just kind of complete," noting that he can "score at a high level, he can rebound, he defends, he's super athletic, and, again mind you, he started 18, finished 19 years old."

With his youthful age, the Grizzlies forward went on to set all-time several records, including becoming the youngest player in history to record 40+ points and 10+ rebounds in the same game (did so during team's season finale against the Nuggets) and setting the record for youngest player (19 years, 53 days old) to score 25 or more points off the bench, a statistic previously held by the late, great Kobe Bryant.

As far as this year's rookies are concerned, Jackson wrapped up his first-year campaign ranked fourth among his peers in points per game (14.6), and, perhaps even more impressive considering he played just six games through nearly the first three months of the year, he ranked seventh among his in total points scored (699).

After such a great debut season, it goes without saying that the future for GG Jackson seems blindingly bright.

With his recent comments, it appears Paul George seems to thoroughly agree.