Stephen Jackson Has Been Non-Factor for San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are still hanging on to the top seed in the Western Conference and are still challenging the Miami Heat for the best record in the NBA, trailing them by just three and a half games. Obviously led by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, the Spurs are truly successful because of how well their role players and reserves play in Gregg Popovich’s system.
Guys like Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw have all played well and above expectations this season. Much of the credit is due to the well-oiled machine that is the Spurs’ scheme. However, one role player that has been struggling immensely in the system this season is Stephen Jackson.
Jackson has been limited for most of the season with San Antonio, seeing the floor for just 19.5 minutes per game. He’s seemed slow and out of sync in even those small minutes this season, and his performance has reflected that. He has averaged just 6.2 points, 1.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game on paltry 37.3 percent shooting and 27.1 percent three-point shooting.
The most surprising part about Jackson’s season is that he’s gotten even worse as the year has progressed. Over his last nine games, while he’s been playing almost the same amount of minutes as his season average, Jackson has averaged just 5.8 points, 1.2 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game. He’s also shot just 36.4 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from three over this time.
Jackson is currently 35 years old and he has looked every bit that old this season. Though it seems like many players in this era are playing longer than others used to, it doesn’t seem like Jackson is one of those players. In all actuality, it seems like Jackson’s terrible play this season might signify the end of his career.