Jaren Jackson
Jaren Jackson
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 3/10/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
For the second year in a row, Jackson struggled to stay on the court, as injuries caused him to miss 17 games in his sophomore season. When he was healthy, however, his numbers showed an improvement from his rookie campaign. Jackson went for 17.4 points, 4.6 boards, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists -- all career highs. His increased scoring was largely due to his increased usage and improved efficiency from beyond the arc. Jackson knocked down 39.4 percent of his three-point attempts, and he canned 2.5 triples per contest, as well. While not an elite rebounder, Jackson's ability to make an impact on both ends of the floor and step out for an outside shot made him a respectable fantasy play in his limited appearances. As the Grizzlies' starting power forward for the foreseeable future, his role could yield quality fantasy numbers, though his health obviously remains a concern. Notably, he will not be ready for the start of the upcoming season due to recovery from a torn mensicus. The emergence of Jonas Valanciunas and Brandon Clarke in the frontcourt could cap his upside, too, though Jackson still has top-50 potential on a per-game basis if he can continue to evolve as a rebounder and defender. 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. Grizzlies exercised $9.18 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
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.

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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.

Likely back after All-Star break
FMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
February 16, 2021
The Grizzlies are optimistic Jackson (knee) will be ready to make his season debut sometime after the All-Star break, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. "I think there's optimism, there's hope that we will see him...sometime after the second half of the season," Wojnarowski said in his televised appearance. "That midseason break of March 5 to March 10. Sometime after that."
ANALYSIS
Memphis has been tight-lipped about Jackson's potential return date, while the third-year big man continues to recover from August surgery to repair a torn left meniscus. While Wojnarowski's report provides some level of clarity about when Jackson might play again, the news still probably registers as a disappointment for fantasy managers who had already been stashing the 21-year-old for the first two months of the season, hoping his return was imminent. Wojnarowski noted that Jackson is back on the court and ramping up his activity, which at least suggests he's been able to steer clear of a major setback in the recovery process.
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2019

During Jackson's sophomore NBA season, he posted career highs nearly across the board. In his 57 appearances with the Grizzlies, Jackson averaged 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists in 28.5 minutes. The big man also found himself on the NBA's leaderboards, ranking 13th in total blocks (92) and eighth in block percentage (5.0). During the second game of the season, Oct. 25 against the Bulls, Jackson posted his first of three double-doubles, recording 23 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes. Against the Bucks on Dec. 13, Jackson scored a career-high 43 points in addition to five rebounds, one assist and one block in 29 minutes. On Dec. 29 in a 13-point win over the Hornets, Jackson recorded a career-high 12 rebounds in addition to 14 points and two blocks in 25 minutes. He tied his career-high seven blocks during a win over Denver on Jan. 28, also recording 10 points, two rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes. Jackson also made three appearances in the NBA bubble before suffering a torn meniscus. In those three seeding games, he averaged 25.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals in 36.7 minutes. Jackson's best overall stretch of the season was 12 games from Dec. 20 through Jan. 12. During those contests, he averaged 20.1 points -- 52.1 FG%, 45.3 3Pt%, 71.8 FT% -- 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 combined blocks-plus-steals and 1.6 assists.

2018

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
    Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round (fourth overall pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2018
    Signed a two-year, $12.84 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • October 21, 2019
    Memphis Grizzlies exercised $7.26 million team option for 2020-21.
  • December 16, 2020
    Memphis Grizzlies exercised $9.18 million team option for 2021-22.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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.
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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Without firm timetable
FMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
February 1, 2021
The Grizzlies plan to "ramp up" Jackson's (knee) rehab program "over the next month or so" as he works back from a torn meniscus, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports.
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Remains out Monday
FMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
January 31, 2021
Jackson (knee) will remain out for Monday's game against the Spurs.
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Ruled out for Saturday
FMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
January 29, 2021
Jackson (knee) won't take the floor Saturday against the Spurs.
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Wednesday's game postponed
FMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
January 24, 2021
Jackson (knee) and the Grizzlies will not play Wednesday against the Bulls after the game was postponed.
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Next three games postponed
FMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
January 21, 2021
Jackson (knee) and the Grizzlies' next three games against Portland (Friday) and Sacramento (Sunday and Monday) have been postponed, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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