Kevin Garnett believes in Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr.
Jackson, 19, is averaging 13.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in his rookie year with Memphis. Garnett has visited Jackson in Memphis and said he thinks he has a bright future in the NBA.
“I told you before; I see a lot of myself in him,” Garnett said Monday, via Grizzlies.com. “He’s the future. I wouldn’t have wasted my time coming out here to work with him if I didn’t feel that way about him.”
Jackson said he’s appreciative of Garnett’s guidance.
“It’s really flattering and just shows how intense and knowledgeable K.G. is, and how he cares,” Jackson said. “He’s been done playing for a while, so just to see him still traveling to see games, still coming to teach you individually — not just calling you, but coming face to face like this — is just cool.”
Garnett was a 15-time All-Star, NBA champion and NBA MVP during his 21-year career. He retired in 2016 and is expected to become a Hall of Famer in 2021.
Jackson has shown promise, but the Grizzlies have struggled, losing nine of their last 10 games. Memphis will face the Timberwolves on Wednesday in Minnesota.