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Justin Jackson began season as a starter, now he’s headed to Reno with 2 others

Kings forward Justin Jackson makes a 3-pointer over Philadelphia 76ers guard Justin Anderson on Nov. 9 at Golden 1 Center.
Kings forward Justin Jackson makes a 3-pointer over Philadelphia 76ers guard Justin Anderson on Nov. 9 at Golden 1 Center. jvillegas@sacbee.com

The Kings assigned Justin Jackson, Malachi Richardson and Georgios Papagiannis to their G League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, on Wednesday.

Jackson, the 15th overall pick in June’s NBA draft is averaging 6.3 points in 17 games, but he’s fallen out of the rotation over the last two weeks. He began the season starting at small forward but has not appeared in four of the last seven games.

Richardson is averaging 3.9 points in 12 games in his second season.

Richardson’s and Jackson’s playing time has suffered because of the depth at small forward and shooting guard. Garrett Temple, Vince Carter, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are all ahead of them in the rotation. With George Hill playing more shooting guard, too, there are even fewer minutes available on the wing.

Papagiannis, a second-year center, has played in four games with the Bighorns, averaging 14.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 31.0 minutes. He’s appeared in four games for the Kings this season, averaging 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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