Jaren Jackson

Jaren Jackson

22-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson has struggled staying healthy in his first three years in the league, as he's appeared in just 126 games. However, he's shown intriguing upside. He's a career 37.4 percent three-point shooter and registers a combined 3.1 blocks-plus-steals per 36 minutes. Notably, in 2019-20, he ranked as the 65th-best fantasy player on a per-game basis behind 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 blocks in 28.5 minutes. He should be in position to repeat those numbers this season, and there's reason to believe he'll see more minutes if he stays healthy. For that reason, there will certainly be fantasy managers looking to aggressively target Jackson earlier than the sixth round, banking on the 22-year-old both improving and seeing more minutes on a team that's featuring him as a key rebuilding piece. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $105 million contract extension with the Grizzlies in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Leads balanced attack in Game 5 win
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 11, 2022
Jackson recorded 21 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal across 25 minutes during Wednesday's 134-95 win over Golden State.
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The Grizzlies clearly weren't ready to see their season come to an end Wednesday, building a 52-point lead after three quarters despite the absence of Ja Morant (knee). Jackson was one of three Memphis players who tied for the team lead with 21 points, and the power forward nailed four three-pointers on six attempts. Jackson also swatted two shots in the game, marking the eighth time in 11 playoff contests that he has finished with multiple blocks. He'll likely need to put up another big performance if Memphis is to stave off elimination again in Game 6 on Friday.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Expected back in a week
FMemphis Grizzlies
March 9, 2020
Jackson (knee) is expected to return to game action within the next week, ESPN.com reports.
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The second-year forward has been sidelined since Feb. 21 with his left knee sprain, but he's apparently been trending in the right direction of late. Jackson is second on the team with 16.9 points and 1.6 blocks per game; therefore, his return will be a particularly welcome sight as the Grizzlies continue their playoff push, especially when factoring in that fellow power forward Brandon Clarke came down with a quadriceps injury four minutes in the first game of Jackson's current absence.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Swats five shots in Game 4 loss
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 9, 2022
Jackson contributed 21 points (7-21 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five rebounds, five blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Monday's 101-98 loss to the Warriors.
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Erupts for 33 points, 10 boards
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 1, 2022
Jackson posted 33 points (10-18 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes during Sunday's 117-116 loss to the Warriors.
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Hits four triples
FMemphis Grizzlies
April 19, 2022
Jackson finished with 16 points (5-12 FG, 4-7 3PT, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, one block and one steal in the 124-96 win over Minnesota on Tuesday.
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Out Sunday
FMemphis Grizzlies
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April 10, 2022
Jackson is out Sunday against the Celtics due to left thigh tightness.
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Big game in OT loss
FMemphis Grizzlies
April 6, 2022
Jackson ended with 28 points (8-27 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 9-10 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one steal over 39 minutes during Tuesday's 121-115 overtime loss to the Jazz.
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