Only three NBA rookies have posted back-to-back double-doubles in points and rebounds on the season:
- Victor Wembanyama
- Chet Holmgren
- Trayce Jackson-Davis
End of list. One is the most hyped prospect since... Zion? Someone before that? The other is finally getting his shot after injury kept him off the floor last year. The third guy? Oh, just some 57th overall pick from Indiana.
And he was two boards against Portland away from three consecutive double-doubles. He played just 18 minutes against the Blazers.
We’ve already written about how the fit makes sense on paper. Now Jackson-Davis is showing it can work in practice as well. The roster suits the skillset he had coming out of Indiana as a senior, and he’s tightened a few things up already.
He’s made the most of the time available following Draymond Green’s suspension, emerging as a decently reliable scoring threat in the frontcourt, a fully capable rebounder and a rim protector on defense.
Swish Theory came out with a really good breakdown of how he’s found a role.
The attention that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson demand opens up more opportunities for Jackson-Davis, ones he’s more than happy to take advantage of.