Jaren Jackson
Jaren Jackson
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
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.

Aggressive performance Monday
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 31, 2021
Jackson tallied 21 points (9-18 FG, 3-10 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes during Monday's 120-113 loss to the Jazz.
ANALYSIS
Jackson continues to look better with every game for the Grizzlies, turning in arguably his best performance since returning from a lengthy injury layoff. The lack of blocked shots is disappointing; however, he was second only to Ja Morant with 18 shot attempts, something he is going to need to do if we are to look ahead to next season. Now trailing 3-1 in the series, it would appear as though the Grizzlies' season is drawing to a close but you can rest assured they will be giving it their all on Wednesday when they look to extend things another game.
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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
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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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Plays 31 minutes in Game 2
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 27, 2021
Jackson had 16 points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 9-11 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to Utah.
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Scores seven in 23 minutes
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 24, 2021
Jackson managed seven points (2-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, three steals and one block in 23 minutes during Sunday's 112-109 win over the Jazz.
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Solid all-around effort
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 16, 2021
Jackson mustered 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks across 31 minutes in Sunday's loss against the Grizzlies.
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Ready to go Sunday
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 15, 2021
Jackson (injury management) isn't listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
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Won't play Friday
FMemphis Grizzlies
Rest
May 14, 2021
Jackson (injury management) is unavailable Friday against the Kings.
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