Dallas Mavericks: Grading Justin Jackson’s 2019-2020 season
Dallas Mavericks overall: Justin Jackson
Jackson has struggled in his 58 games played so far this season. The 25-year-old was a did not play by coach’s decision multiple times.
Things were not trending upward either. Jackson shot just 37.8 percent from the field and hit 25.0 percent of his threes during the 2020 portion of the schedule.
Overall grade for the 2019-2020 season: D
Jackson still has not reached his prime. He has potential. Jackson was a first round pick for a reason. He helped the University of North Carolina win a national championship. Jackson was the leading scorer on that team. The 25-year-old needs to regain his confidence and start hitting his open looks.
The Mavericks picked up his option for the 2020-2021 season. That will be the final year of his rookie contract. Jackson will be heading into restricted free agency in the offseason of 2021.
It will be interesting to see if he is in the rotation when play resumes. If the NBA heads straight into the playoffs, that may not be the best spot to try to rebuild Jackson’s confidence and get his shot falling.
Expect him to rebound, though. He has too much talent to shoot that poorly long-term. Justin Jackson will turn back into a league-average shooter and be part of the Mavericks rotation next season. He will help them take another step forward as a team too.