NBA analyst Kevin O’Connor dispels the Jaren Jackson conspiracy

Grizzlies star ahead Jaren Jackson Jr. found himself at the center of a controversy in NBA online circles Saturday morning through no fault of his own when a Reddit user stirred the pot with a provocative post suggesting that the Defensive Player of the Year candidate benefited greatly from a home goaltending bias. . Although the post quickly became the main topic of basketball discourse for the weekend, Kevin O’Connor – a senior basketball writer at The caller— provided his own evidence to dismiss the Reddit post as inaccurate.

The conspiracy theory first began gaining traction Saturday morning when the user claimed they had evidence that the Grizzlies goaltender “put up fake numbers” for Jackson to make him a more compelling candidate for the NBA’s highest defensive honor. The in-depth post used both statistics and video clips, included rather glaring home-away splits for blocks and steals, to make the point and then create quite a stir on social media.

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