Jaime Jáquez Jr. is part of the All-Rookie Team for the 2023-2024 NBA season – La Opinion

Jaime Jáquez Jr. is part of the All-Rookie Team for the 2023-2024 NBA season – La Opinion


The first year of Jaime Jaquez Jr. in the NBA with the Miami Heat It was well above expectations and earned the Mexican-American player the opportunity to be part of the All-Rookie Team for the 2023-2024 season, thus becoming the first player of Aztec descent to achieve this.

Although “Triple J” finished in fourth place for the Rookie of the Year award, which was unanimously won by the Frenchman of the San Antonio Spurs, Victor Wembanyama, the Miami quintet player achieved other individual distinctions throughout his season. premiere in the NBA.

The Best Rookie of the Eastern Conference during the months of November and December, he helped Erik Spoelstra’s team get into the postseason after passing the Play-In, although they later ended up being eliminated at the hands of the Boston Celtics in the first round. round of the playoffs.

Jaime Jáquez Jr. being marked by one of the current great figures of the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers player, Joel Embiid.
The Mexican-American of the Miami Heat, Jaime Jáquez Jr., trying to score against the mark of one of the current great figures of the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers player, Joel Embiid.
Credit: Chris Szagola | AP

After a great first half of the season, Jaime Jaquez Jr. He showed a slight decline in his performance in the second half of the campaign in which he also had to deal with some physical problems. However, he managed to get into the quintet of the best rookies of the campaign.

“Triple J” was also alternating between the starting team and the substitute, establishing himself as a good sixth man on the Miami team with whom he achieved a new record of points in an NBA game for a Mexican by scoring 31 against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 25.

The Mexican-American also participated in the dunk contest at the All-Star Weekend that took place in Indiana and although he was not even close to winning it (he was eliminated in the first round) he left a very good feeling for it being his first experience in an event of this type.

The Miami Heat player, Jaime Jáquez Jr., had the opportunity to visit the White House with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, during the reception held for the Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Miami Heat player, Jaime Jáquez Jr., had the opportunity to visit the White House with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, during the reception for the Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Credit: Alex Brandon | AP

The 23-year-old player, who spent the last four years in the NCAA with the UCLA team, left very good records in his first season in the NBA. His scoring average was 11.9 points per game, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists with a field effectiveness of 48.6 percent.

Those good performances earned Jaime Jáquez Jr. the recognition of his teammates and NBA figures Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, recognizing his contribution to the team throughout its first season in the championship.

In this way “Triple J” will now have enough time to rest and prepare for his second season in the NBA with the Miami Heat, as well as think about the possibility of playing with the Mexican National Team in the Puerto Rico Pre-Olympic Games where he will seek his pass to Paris 2024.

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