The Memphis Grizzlies received ravaging news on Tuesday, losing versatile forward Jaren Jackson Jr. for the remainder of the season.
Obtaining three losses in their first three games since entering the Orlando bubble, the organization was already in danger of losing the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. Now without Jackson in the mix, will the Grizzlies be able to recover?
Jackson have played 57 games this season with an three-point field goals of 17.4 and a 46.9 field goal According to espn. The Memphis Grizzlies were outscored by a mere 0.32 points per 100 when featuring Morant without Jackson.
When the two players have appeared on the court at the same time, Morant has averaged 21.2 points with 8.6 assists per 36 minutes. Those figures drop to 20.7 points and 8.1 assists per 36 without Jackson, which makes sense as Morant has assisted Jackson on 73 occasions this season.
On the whole, the numbers for the Grizzlies have been surprisingly consistent with or without Jackson on the floor. First and foremost, they can move Brandon Clarke into the starting line-up. The rookie forward has started just three games thus but has averaged 20.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per 36 when he has played alongside Morant but not Jackson.