3 Grizzlies that must be inserted into starting lineup

Mar 2, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins (left) gives
Mar 2, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins (left) gives / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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1. GG Jackson

Despite it being such a down season, there have still proven to be a few key bright spots attached to this Grizzlies team. Perhaps the brightest of them all is the surprise emergence of rookie GG Jackson, who has arguably become this current rotation's second-best player over the past several months.

After being taken with the 45 overall pick in this past draft, the former consensus five-star recruit has showed out in major ways within Memphis' scheme.

From January 13 through March 10, Jackson has been one of this club's most consistent and productive contributors, boasting sensational averages of 14.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and just shy of a block while shooting 36.5 percent from deep.

While this type of production may have come as a major surprise to many fans and media pundits, what's almost as astonishing is that, throughout this aforementioned 25-game span, he's only seen a starting nod on two separate occasions

His most recent exposure to such a role came in a bout against the OKC Thunder where, even against the league's fourth-ranked defense, still managed to drop in 30 points on 52.6 percent shooting to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block.

At just 19 years and 85 days old, Jackson is currently the youngest player in the entire league and has already gone on to break all-time records that were once held by NBA legends such as Kobe Bryant.

As Brevin Knight recently noted when talking about the rookie, "the ceiling is glass." It's up to Jenkins to see what more Jackson can provide for this team, and thrusting him into the starting five may be an optimal way of finding out more about his potential.