Jaren Jackson
Jaren Jackson
20-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
OFS
Injury Knee
Est. Return 11/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson's rookie season was cut short due to injury, but he was impressive in 58 appearances. The Michigan State product averaged 13.8 points, 4.7 boards and 2.3 combined blocks/steals across 26.1 minutes per contest en route to an All-Rookie First Team selection. Those averages increased substantially in 20 games with at least 30 minutes, going for 18.7 points, 6.0 boards and 3.0 combined steals/blocks. The big man showed promise as a three-point shooter, canning 1.0 triples per game at a serviceable 35.9 percent clip. Jackson has enormous upside as the starting power forward on a rebuilding team, and he's likely to see an increase in playing time in his sophomore campaign. Jackson is an excellent two-way player who can provide valuable fantasy production on both ends of the court. The 19-year-old projects as an early-to-mid round pick across most season-long formats and even more valuable as a dynasty league prospect. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $12.84 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2018. Grizzlies exercised $7.26 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Jackson was born Sep. 15, 1999 in Plainfield, New Jersey. He grew up in Carmel, Indiana. His father, Jaren Jackson Sr., played 12 seasons in the NBA and won the 1999 NBA title as a member of the Spurs. Jackson Jr.'s mother, Terri Jackson, is the director of operations for the Women's National Basketball Players Association as of 2020. Jackson Jr. attended Park Tudor High School, leading the team to back-to-back Indiana Class 2A state championships in 2014 and 2015. As a prep senior, he played for La Lumiere and led the team to a 29-1 record and the MaxPreps Independent Top 10 National Championship. While at Michigan State, Jackson majored in communications. You can follow Jackson on Twitter @jarenjacksonjr.

College/International Summary

Jackson was named the 2017-18 Big Ten Rookie of the Year. He helped lead Michigan State to the Round of 32 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament and was named to both the 2017-18 Big Ten All-Defense and Big Ten All-Freshman teams. The Carmel, Indiana native led the Spartans in blocks with 3.0 per game. He was also third on the team in rebounds (5.8) per game and fifth in points per game (10.9). Jackson announced that he would enter the 2018 NBA Draft after his freshman year. He was drafted fourth overall by the Grizzlies.

Done for season with torn meniscus
FMemphis Grizzlies
Out For Season
August 4, 2020
Jackson suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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This is a crushing blow for the Grizzlies, who will now attempt to hang on to the final playoff seed in the West without one of their best young players. It's unclear when the injury occurred, but Jackson appeared to emerge healthy from Monday's 109-99 loss to the Pelicans, in which he posted 22 points and two blocks in 32 minutes of action. The Grizzlies have not announced a recovery timetable, but the hope is that Jackson will be fully healthy by the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
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Jackson came out of the NCAA and right into the Grizzlies' starting lineup. The fourth overall pick was successfully able to transfer his athletic skills from Michigan State, recording season stats of 13.8 PPG and 1.4 BPG. He'd also hit 50.6 percent from the field, 70.6 percent from the line, and 35.9 percent from three-point range. Jackson even led all freshmen and finished seventh in the league with a 5.13 Block percentage. He started his habit of filling the scoresheet in his second game by racking up 24 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. Jackson's first double-double would come on Nov. 12. But everyone eventually took notice at the end of the month when he went off for 36 at Brooklyn. And just to prove that performance wasn't a fluke, 23 of the next 29 matchups would result in him scoring at least 11 points. However, due to a thigh injury, his season was cut short with 23 games to go. Regardless of that setback, Jackson was rewarded for his impressive debut with a place on the first All-Rookie team.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2018
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jaren Jackson
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2 days ago
Jeff Edgerton digs into Monday's slate and thinks Joel Embiid will be an excellent anchor for cash-game rosters as he takes on a depleted Spurs frontcourt.
FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays
2 days ago
Juan Carlos Blanco looks over Monday's slate and expects Ja Morant and the Grizzlies to put up big numbers in a potential barn burner against the Pelicans.
DraftKings NBA: Sunday Cheat Sheet
3 days ago
If you're looking to save money for a couple stars, Jeff Edgerton suggests grabbing Evan Fournier versus the Kings.
FanDuel NBA: Sunday Value Plays
3 days ago
After an impressive showing Friday, Joel Bartilotta is tipping Jaren Jackson Jr. to repeat that effort against the Spurs.
NBA Return: Best-Case/Worst-Case for Western Conference Teams
5 days ago
As seeding games get underway from Orlando on Thursday night, Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha lay out their best- and worst-case scenarios for each of the 22 teams.
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson was nabbed by the Grizzlies with the fourth overall pick after just one season at Michigan State. The 18-year-old averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks while draining 39.6 percent of his 2.7 three-point attempts per contest. At 6-foot-11, Jackson certainly has the size to fill in at the five if necessary, although he's currently projected to compete with JaMychal Green for the starting power forward role. Given his impressive two-way skills and Memphis' overall lack of depth, Jackson could play a significant role right from the onset of his first pro campaign, especially if the returning Mike Conley is subject to any early-season limitations that create even more of a need for offensive contributions. Moreover, taking Marc Gasol's own impressive floor-spacing skills into account, Jackson stands to benefit from plenty of one-on-one matchups that his skill set should allow him to capitalize on.
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Scores team-high 22 points
FMemphis Grizzlies
August 3, 2020
Jackson posted 22 points (7-17 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 6.8 FT), two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 32 minutes during Monday's loss to the Pelicans.
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Goes for 21 in loss to Spurs
FMemphis Grizzlies
August 2, 2020
Jackson finished with 21 points (8-13 FG, 2-5 3PT, 3-3 FT, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Sunday's loss to the Spurs.
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Pours in 33 points, six treys
FMemphis Grizzlies
July 31, 2020
Jackson produced 33 points (10-22 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 7-9 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block in 43 minutes during Friday's 140-135 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Scores 10 points in scrimmage
FMemphis Grizzlies
July 26, 2020
Jackson finished with 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2-4 FT) and six rebounds in Sunday's scrimmage against Houston.
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Posts 13 points in scrimmage
FMemphis Grizzlies
July 24, 2020
Jackson posted 13 points (4-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), three rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 27 minutes during Friday's 90-83 scrimmage loss to the 76ers.
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