Jaren Jackson Jr. Drops 29 in Grizzlies Debut in Win vs. Trae Young, Hawks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY - JULY 2:   Jaren Jackson Jr. #13 of the handles the ball against Jason Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks during the 2018 Summer League at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on July 2, 2018 in Salt Lake CIty, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Memphis Grizzlies earned a comfortable 103-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the opening game of the Utah Summer League.

The game featured a battle of first-round draft picks, with No. 4 overall selection Jaren Jackson Jr. facing off with No. 5 overall selection Trae Young. In addition to helping his team win, Jackson far outpaced Young in the box score.

Jackson had a game-high 29 points. A 39.6 percent three-point shooter with the Michigan State Spartans, he went 8-of-13 from beyond the arc, including a first-half buzzer-beater from just inside half court:


.@jarenjacksonjr beats the halftime 🚨 with the DEEP 3! 😮 https://t.co/UJRfkv60Zv

Naturally, Jackson sent social media into a frenzy as he collected three rebounds and two blocks to complete his impressive performance:

Jon Roser @Jon_Roser

*Dylan voice* Who are the 5 best shooters of all time? 1. Jaren Jackson Jr. 2. Jaren Jackson Jr. 3. Jaren Jackson Jr. 4. Jaren Jackson Jr. 5. Jaren Jackson Jr.

Zach Harper @talkhoops

The Jaren Jackson Jr Revolution is upon us

Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow

Did Jaren Jackson Jr really just dive into the stands for a loose ball in Summer League? I’m in love.

Young also had Twitter buzzing but for mostly the wrong reasons. He finished with 16 points but shot 4-of-20 from the field, including 1-of-11 on three-pointers.

USA Today's Dan Wolken chose to accentuate the positives, as Young added four rebounds and three assists to his night:

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

Trae Young is going to get ripped for missing shots in his summer league debut while people ignore the advanced level passes he’s making

Young is a high-volume shooter who isn't afraid to spot up from anywhere within five feet of the three-point arc. There will be games where he single-handedly takes over for Atlanta, and there will be others where his propensity to chuck up attempts will make fans want to pull their hair out.

Monday's summer league game was a good taste of what to expect from Young in his first season in the NBA.


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