Trayce Jackson-Davis scored his first career NBA points on Monday night when Chris Paul found him on a pick-and-roll in the first half.
But the former IU star was just getting warmed up in New Orleans.
In just his second career game, TJD posted a stat line that will look familiar to Hoosier fans — 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks.
And he did it in just 19 minutes and 50 seconds on the floor. On a per-48 minute basis his numbers would be 31 points, 22 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Jackson-Davis was matched up at times with fellow former Hoosier Cody Zeller, who finished with a couple rebounds in five minutes of action for the Pelicans. A couple of Jackson-Davis’ blocks came against Zeller.
In postgame interviews, Jackson-Davis said he found out in the morning he would have a significant role in the Warriors rotation on Monday evening.
“The biggest thing that I took away from tonight is just always being ready,” Jackson-Davis said. “We found out when we got here that two guys couldn’t go tonight.”
Jackson-Davis made 5-of-9 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. He was Golden State’s second-leading scorer in a 130-102 win, behind Steph Curry’s 42 point outburst. He was also the Warriors second-leading rebounder.
In a television interview after the game, Jackson-Davis credited IU coach Mike Woodson.
“Coach Woodson did a great job and prepared me in the two years that he had me,” Jackson-Davis said. “Just basically the style of offense that we ran, defensive coverages all translated over. So it’s a huge thanks to him and the Indiana family.”
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