Jalen Suggs has started his NBA career with the rookie wall activated. The guard of the Magic has struggled in various aspects of the game during the first month of competition, especially when it comes to scoring with consistency and good percentages. Curiously, it has not been an isolated case. Other rookies chosen at the top, including Cade Cunningham (# 1) and Jalen Green (# 2), have also left a cover letter with great room for improvement.
The Orlando player is averaging exactly 12.1 points, 3.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per night. They are not bad numbers, but they lose a lot when seeing that it is 33% in field goals and 23.7% in triples. It can be better? Obviously yes. In recent matches, Suggs has been more determined, although his statistics have not finished advancing. Analyzing his situation, the No. 5 of the 2021 draft claims he feels more adapted.
“I think in the last four or five games I felt like I had finally turned the corner when it came to adjusting. This is a completely different situation right now, as I am now comfortable and confident. Now, coach Mose talks to me about that, now I have my clear role so that the games move. Now I understand where I am and I know how things work. I have gotten used to the game and my confidence is here with me. Now it is about finding the way to achieve different results, “he says in statements collected by Orlando Sentinel.
With just one win in the last eight meetings, the Floridians are obviously at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Before starting the course they counted on it, but in the same way they are not resigned to taking steps forward. The last game, in which they stood up to Charlotte to end up losing 99-106, is seen by Suggs as the way to go.
«There were many good things to extract from this game. As much as this defeat hurts, we wanted such a moment to come and continue building for Friday. It sucks to lose, but there are a lot of good things we can get out of what we did in the last game. Things don’t change overnight. We just have to keep building on performances like this. We have things we can work on and things we can correct, talk to keep pushing and growing, “he concludes.
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