Dallas Mavericks: Is Justin Jackson a bust? Will he go down as one?

Dallas Mavericks Justin Jackson (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Justin Jackson (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks, Justin Jackson
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What does Dallas Mavericks forward Justin Jackson need to do in 2021 to avoid bust status?

Jackson’s shooting is one key component of avoiding bust status. The 25-year-old needs to hit on the 35.5 percent he did in the 2018-2019 season to get consistent minutes and earn a second contract. Jackson has a strong floater, so mixing in above-average 3-point shooting makes him an offensive weapon.

Defensive improvements must be made too. Jackson ranked 230th of 250 qualified players in FiveThirtyEight’s defensive RAPTOR this season. The 6’7 forward struggles defending bigger players in the paint and does not do well staying in front of quick guards on the perimeter. Jackson needs to get it figured out on the defensive end this offseason, or he could be played off the floor.

The 25-year-old needs his confidence back too. Yes, it was a rough season in nearly every facet, but Jackson still has plenty of potential. He must forget the struggles and move on. Find a few ways to improve his game this offseason and believe in his jumper in 2021. Jackson could make a significant impact and be part of the team’s long-term future. Making it happen will be the difficult part.

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