Josh Jackson
Josh Jackson
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
GTD
Injury Foot
Est. Return 9/1/2019
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. Traded to the Grizzlies in July of 2019. Contract includes $8.93 million team option for 2020-21.
Traded to Grizzlies
FPhoenix Suns
Foot
July 3, 2019
Jackson (foot) -- along with DeAnthony Melton and two second-round picks -- was traded to the Grizzlies on Wednesday in exchange for Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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The former fourth overall pick in 2017, Jackson hasn't lived up to expectations. So the Suns have opted to send him to the Grizzlies, who seem to have an interest in developing Jackson. He's shown some upside as a defender, but the 22-year-old has struggled to score efficiently or demonstrate great passing vision. Jackson will likely occupy a backup role at shooting guard and small forward, and it's possible he still sees about 20 to 25 minutes per game.
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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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Nursing foot injury
FPhoenix Suns
Foot
June 7, 2019
Jackson has suffered a foot injury and is using crutches while wearing a boot, Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic reports.
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May be traded over offseason
FPhoenix Suns
May 13, 2019
The Suns will attempt to trade Jackson during the offseason, Evan Sidery of Bright Side Sun reports.
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Arrested in Miami
FPhoenix Suns
May 13, 2019
Jackson was arrested at a music festival in Miami over the weekend and charged with resisting arrest, Andy Slater of 640 The Hurricane in Miami reports.
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Thrives on first unit
FPhoenix Suns
April 6, 2019
Jackson contributed 35 points (15-29 FG, 5-8 3Pt), nine rebounds, five assists and two steals across 46 minutes in the Suns' 133-126 overtime win over the Pelicans on Friday.
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Joins first unit
FPhoenix Suns
April 5, 2019
Jackson is starting Friday's game against New Orleans.
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