Michael Malone is known for slotting starters along with bench units to keep the team afloat while the star players are sitting during games. It’s almost certain that Malone will look into ways of bringing shot makers like Jackson along with Nikola Jokic, at least in the remaining games of the regular season. In that sense, Jokic has the ability to uphold his teammates to a standard with his incredible vision and creativity.
Jackson had a strong connection with Ivica Zubac as he was receiving almost 10 passes per game from the Croatian center. Zubac is not known for his passing ability per se, and the connection with Jokic can bring him to a better position scoring the ball. Jackson averaged less than five assists in the last four years, but he was never a passing point guard settling in situations that he was more of a scoring option.
Most of Jokic’s passes has been directed to Jamal Murray and Bruce Brown, who are the main shot creators of the team in the 2022-23 season. I can see a potential 5-man lineup consisted of Jokic, Porter Jr., KCP, Gordon along with Jackson picking up defenses. This lineup will have the much-needed playmaking (Jokic), shooting (KCP, Porter), versatility and size to hide the defensive deficiencies.
With Jamal Murray sitting some games, the addition of Jackson could be what the Nuggets needed coming off the February’s deadline. Malone could be in position to see how this 5-man lineup could work when Murray is out. Let’s not forget that, Bruce Brown, who was mainly a wing during his time with the Nets, is considered the back-up point guard. In addition, Ish Smith is not known for helping teams during the postseason, so Jackson can be pivotal for the Nuggets, especially in the playoffs.