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Demetrius Jackson

Demetrius Jackson is a professional basketball player who’s two-way contract for the Philadelphia 76ers expired at the end of last season. So who does Demetrius Jackson play for? As of 13 August 2019, Demetrius Jackson is officially a Laker.

Demetrius Jackson has been brought in on an Exhibit 10 contract and is mainly there for depth. Rojan Rondo is an experienced veteran, but he’s had his fair share of injury setbacks. Quinn Cook and Alex Carusso will offer stiff competition for Demetrius Jackson’s position of point guard.

Carusso had a particularly strong 2018-2019 season and will be an inspiration for Demetrius Jackson should he be sent to the South Bay Lakers. Carusso also played for the South Bay Lakers and used that experience to develop his game. There is no doubt that Demetrius Jackson would benefit from playing with the South Bay Lakers this season too.

Demetrius Jackson at the halftime Jack Daly Sportsmanship Award ceremony

Many Lakers fans might be unfamiliar with Demetrius Jackson, and what he can add to the Lakers roster this season. By looking at his college career and averages in the NBA G League, we know that there is a ball player there. Sometimes an NBA career needs an element of luck to take an opportunity with both hands. Jackson will be hoping that this season will provide him with such an opportunity.

Early career

Demetrius Jackson’s career might not have taken off in the NBA as of yet, but his record in high school, college and in the NBA G League shows that he has what it takes to be a starter in the NBA. Jackson has excelled at every level so far, and at 25 years old, should make the step up to the NBA as well.

Demetrius Jackson was born in South Bend, Indiana on 7 September 1994. Jackson attended Marian High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. In his junior year, Jackson averaged 22.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2 steals per game. This form earned Jackson a spot on the All-State Underclass First Team. Marian would go on to win the sectional championship that year.

Mishawaka Riverwalk Indiana in the summertime.

In his senior year, Jackson averaged 25.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.6 steals per game. His form earned him a selection in the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Boys Game. By the time he finished high school, Jackson was the all-time leading scorer in St. Joseph County.

August 2019 saw a return for Marian High School and Demetrius Jackson in the news headlines. Jackson donated a basketball court to his old school, showing the gratitude he felt for his time there.

After finishing high school, Demetrius Jackson was rated as a four star recruit. Ultimately, he chose the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He would spend three seasons with Notre Dame.

He started 50% of the games in his freshman season. He averaged 6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 0.4 steals per game. The season would be one of learning and developing his game. The following two seasons, Jackson pushed on and became a starter for Notre Dame.

In his sophomore season, Jackson averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. His form drew media attention. There was speculation that Jackson would enlist for the 2015 NBA Draft. Jackson decided against this and returned to Notre Dame for his junior season.

In his junior season, Jackson continued to impress. He averaged 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. After his junior year, Jackson decided to enlist for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics made Demetrius Jackson NBA draft pick number 45 overall, on 23 June 2016. Jackson would only play an average of 3.4 minutes over five games for the Celtics. Instead, he was sent to their NBA G League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. With the Red Claws, Jackson averaged 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in the 2016-2017 season. Despite his form for the Red Claws, the Celtics waived Jackson on 15 July 2017.

Houston Rockets

On 21 August 2017. Demetrius Jackson signed a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets. During the 2017-2018 season, he would play a total of 12 games, averaging 5.3 minutes per game. Demetrius Jackson’s contract meant that he could play for both the Rockets and their NBA G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Vipers.

With the Vipers, Jackson averaged 15.7 points, 3.7 rebounds. 4.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. With the Rockets, Jackson only averaged 0.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, and 0.3 steals. Jackson was thriving in the NBA G League, but still finding difficulty replicating the form in the NBA. The Houston Rockets terminated Demetrius Jackson’s contract on 6 January 2018.

Philadelphia 76ers

Jackson signed a two-way contract with the Philadelphia 76ers on 14 January 2018. He played three games in the remainder of the 2017-2018 season, averaging 2.7 points and 1.3 assists per game.

Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo stadium.

In the 2018-2019 season, Jackson played 6 games. He averaged 3.7 points and 0.8 assists per game. Jackson also played for the 76ers NBA G League affiliate team, the Delaware Blue Coats. For the Blue Coats, Jackson averaged 19.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

Demetrius Jackson’s contract expired at the end of the season and was not renewed.

Los Angeles Lakers

Demetrius Jackson signed with the LA Lakers on 13 August 2019. The Lakers news reports have been quick to mention that Demetrius Jackson’s Lakers contract is an Exhibit 10 deal. He will need to prove his place on the roster through his performances this season.

It’s not certain when Jackson will appear in the Lakers schedule. It’s perhaps a safer bet to keep an eye on the South Bay Lakers. Jackson has been edging towards a double-double average for points and assists in the NBA G League, and he’ll be hoping to continue to develop his game. For the Lakers, Demetrius Jackson offers depth in a veteran heavy roster, and on an Exhibit 10 contract, it’s not too much of a risk.

A string of outstanding performances or injuries to the first team could see Demetrius Jackson trade the South Bay Lakers jersey for an LA Lakers one. If that happens, Jackson will need to make the opportunity count. To keep up to date with the latest news about Jackson and the Lakers, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

NBA stats

Demetrius Jackson’s stats in the NBA make for humble reading. He has averaged 5.2 minutes, 1.8 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.7 assists per game. It is worth noting that his NBA G League average is far superior. Here he averages 15.3 points, 5.6 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. He’ll be wanting to bring that average to the NBA. Could this be the season that he does it?

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