After turning in his healthiest season to-date, Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. is expected to be sidelined a substantial amount of time following a recent offseason surgery.
The 22-year-old is set to miss approximately four to six months after undergoing a procedure on Wednesday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and later confirmed by the team. Jackson is expected to make a full recovery.
The fourth overall selection in 2018, Jackson is coming off a breakout season in which he earned an NBA All-Defensive First Team nod after leading the league in blocks (2.3). He also ended the year averaging 16. 8 points and a career-best 5.8 rebounds on 41.5/31.9/82.3 splits while anchoring the Grizzlies’ defense en route to a 56–26 record and the No. 2 seed in the West.
Jackson’s bounce-back year came after a difficult first few years in the league. His rookie year ended after 58 games due to a deep bruise to his right thigh; the following season, Jackson appeared in 57 games before tearing his meniscus in the Bubble. He returned from the injury in April 2021, and started four of his 11 games played to end the ’20–21 season, and all five of the Grizzlies’ playoff games.
After playing a total of 126 games in his first three seasons, Jackson started 78 contests in ’21–22, and started all 12 of Memphis’ playoff games. He averaged 15.4 and 6.8 RPG during a run that saw Ja Morant and Co. fall to the eventual champion Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals in six games.
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