Josh Jackson
Josh Jackson
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson had a solid, but not spectacular rookie campaign in Phoenix after being selected with the fourth overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. He played in 77 games, including 35 starts, and averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal across 25.4 minutes. Struggles with his efficiency was really the biggest concern, as Jackson shot just 41.7 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from deep and 63.4 percent from the free-throw line. His shot is clearly a work in progress, though the hope is that it's at least slightly improved after having a full offseason to work with the coaching staff. Looking forward to the upcoming season, Jackson should slot into the backup small forward slot to T.J. Warren once again, but the Suns will likely look to get their youngster a few more minutes per game after a strong finish to last season -- in his final 12 showings in 2017-18, Jackson averaged 21.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals across 34.5 minutes. While the additions of Trevor Ariza and first-round draft pick Mikal Bridges pose a few hurdles to get over for big minutes, Jackson is still a candidate to see added run considering his upside and flashes of brilliance last year. If he improves as expected, Jackson should flirt with top-100 value and makes for an intriguing mid-to-late round pick in most standard drafts. Of course, Fantasy owners will have to prepare to deal with the repercussions of his efficiency woes. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $11.13 million contract with the Suns in July of 2017. Suns exercised $7.06 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
Terrible outing Wednesday
FPhoenix Suns
February 14, 2019
Jackson tallied eight points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), one assist and one steal in 15 minutes Wednesday in the Suns' 134-107 loss to the Clippers.
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With averages of 19.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists,1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 34.3 minutes per game over his previous eight outings, Jackson had cemented himself as a must-own player heading into Wednesday. His performance versus the Clippers may have taken some of the shine off the second-year forward, who recorded nearly as many turnovers (five) as points while seeing his playing time tail off amid the blowout. Jackson is still worth holding for now given that his numbers have generally been trending upward lately, but he could see his outlook take a hit if T.J. Warren (ankle) is cleared to play immediately coming out of the All-Star break.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson, a top prospect in the high school class of 2016, didn’t disappoint during his lone year at Kansas last season. The 6-foot-8 forward posted 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks across 30.8 minutes per game. He also shot 51.3 percent from the field and went 34-of-90 (37.8 percent) from beyond the arc. His free-throw shooting was surprisingly bad, however, as he hit just 56.6 percent of his looks from the charity stripe. Regardless, his top-flight athleticism and potential as an elite two-way player caught the Suns’ attention, and he’ll join the organization’s young core after being drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. While the coaching staff in Phoenix has their work cut out for them trying to find significant minutes for all their young players, Jackson has a strong possibility of being the starting small forward when the season tips off, meaning he could be looking at a 30-plus minute per game workload. He also has the ability to play three positions, so even if he isn’t the starting small forward, he could fill in as a pseudo-utility guy off the pine. While there are certainly safer options than drafting a rookie in Fantasy, Jackson’s upside as a player and his projected workload give him potential as a top-20 small forward.
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Turns in another quality line
FPhoenix Suns
February 9, 2019
Jackson finished with 19 points (8-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes Friday in the Suns' 117-107 loss to the Warriors.
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Fills box score in Wednesday's loss
FPhoenix Suns
February 6, 2019
Jackson managed 27 points (9-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-10 FT), seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 116-88 loss to the Jazz.
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Scores 25 points in Monday's loss
FPhoenix Suns
February 4, 2019
Jackson collected 25 points (11-23 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 118-110 loss to the Rockets.
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Efficient night in loss
FPhoenix Suns
February 3, 2019
Jackson ended with 25 points (10-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-9 FT), three steals, two rebounds, and two assists in 37 minutes during Saturday's 118-110 loss to the Hawks.
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Struggles with shot in loss
FPhoenix Suns
January 28, 2019
Jackson totaled 12 points (4-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 34 minutes in the Suns' 116-102 loss to the Lakers on Sunday.
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