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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Analyzing Jackson-Cartwright as of late

No field goal attempts for Parker Jackson-Cartwright in the last two games? Only 30 minutes combined against Washington and Washington State?

A big deal?

Not very other than Sean Miller is trying to transition Allonzo Trier into the rotation and attempting to find the right combinations while doing so.

Jackson-Cartwright has never been a scoring point guard in the sense of a Damon Stoudamire, one who must shoot the ball at least 10 times a game. That’s not his role.

His number of double-digit field goal attempts in a game this season? One, in the season opener against Michigan State when he shot 11 times.

Arizona is 20-2 overall and 9-0 in the Pac-12 with Jackson-Cartwright not making a 3-pointer other than two at UCLA dating all the way back to Nov. 24 against Butler.

He was 2 of 3 against UCLA from beyond the arc. In the two games since and the eight games before facing the Bruins, he is a combined 0 for 9 beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, Jackson-Cartwright has 79 assists and 23 turnovers this season, an incredible 3.43-to-1 ratio.

The only blip really is his three turnovers without an assist in 13 minutes against Washington last Sunday.

Although his playing time has been reduced since Trier’s return, Jackson-Cartwright’s production as a facilitator is vital to Arizona’s success in the long run. Kadeem Allen can play the point guard but he is most dangerous when he is going strong to the hoop with his eyes toward the rim.

Allen has 65 assists but he also has 42 turnovers. More often than not, he should receive passes instead of dish them out.

Jackson-Cartwright provides the balance Sean Miller needs at the point guard position. He is the stabilizer. His performance against Washington was an anomaly.

About the minutes? Jackson-Cartwright averages 24.3 minutes a game. Dusan Ristic, who has started every game this season and is one of the top post players in the Pac-12, averages 24.6. Not much more than PJC.

Ristic understands his role too. He best fits against teams with size and is less effective against opponents with smaller lineups.

In Miller’s system, a give and take always exists.

Look at Lauri Markkanen’s minutes per game. He is projected to be an NBA lottery pick. He averages only 31.1 minutes a game. UCLA’s Lonzo Ball averages 35.5 a game and Washington’s Markelle Fultz 35.6.

Those four extra minutes could sure boost Markkanen’s numbers higher than his 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game.

Remember how dominant Derrick Williams was in 2010-11? He averaged only 30 minutes a game.

Before making a negative determination of Jackson-Cartwright’s reduced minutes and field goal attempts let everything play out first.

In Miller’s system, everything is calculated. That’s how a national coach of the year candidate operates.

PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
MIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)

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FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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