Jalen Duren

Jalen Duren

19-Year-Old CenterC
Detroit Pistons
2022 Fantasy Outlook
The Pistons selected Duren with the 13th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft following his lone season at Memphis, where the 6-foot-11 big averaged 12.0 points on 59.7 percent shooting, 8.1 rebounds (3.0 offensive), 2.1 blocks, 1.3 assists and 0.8 steals in 25.2 minutes. He was named AAC Freshman of the Year and to the All-AAC First Team. He finished with a successful Summer League venture, averaging 11.3 points on 65.0 percent shooting to go along with 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 assists. The 18-year-old is an excellent athlete known for his shot-blocking and interior scoring, the latter of which should prove especially useful in an offense with a capable lob-thrower in Cade Cunningham. The catch is that he is prone to mental lapses, such as missing box-outs and getting into foul trouble. His post game is also weak and his free-throw percentage (62.5%) is relatively poor, but these criticisms are common for most big men who end up in the late lottery. Duren is competing against Isaiah Stewart, Marvin Bagley and Nerlens Noel for minutes. Stewart had an underwhelming sophomore campaign and is undersized while Noel is a veteran (28 years old) and doesn't have any development upside for Detroit, so there's a path, in theory, for Duren to make an impact. However, early reports indicate Duren may spend significant time in the G League. If that's the case, he can't be drafted in standard leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed two-year, $8.45 million contract with the Pistons in July of 2022. Contract includes $4.54 million team option for 2024-25.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Jalen Montez Duren was born on November 18, 2003 in New Castle, Delaware. Duren grew up in Sharon Hill, PA, where he played football and baseball as a child before opting to focus on basketball. Before he reached high school, Duren already stood 6-foot-8 and attracted attention from top schools with notable performances at the MADE Hoops Middle School Academy and the CP3 Rising Stars Camp. The big man began his high school career at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He averaged 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a freshman en route to First Team All-League and Second Team All-State honors. During his sophomore season, Duren posted 18.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. In the summer of 2019, Duren was selected to play for USA Basketball's 16U team at the FIBA Americas Championship, where he helped Team USA capture the gold medal. For his junior and senior campaigns, Duren opted to transfer to Montverde Academy in Montverde, FL. Duren helped Montverde reach the 2021 High School Nationals behind averages of 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest. A consensus five-star recruit, Duren committed to Memphis over Kentucky, Miami, the NBL (Australia) and the NBA G League Ignite. As a freshman at Memphis, Duren averaged 12.0 points, 8.1 boards, 1.3 assists and 2.1 blocks, while shooting nearly 60 percent from the field. He began his college career by blocking at least one shot in 16 straight games. Against UCF on March 11, 2022, Duren produced 21 points and 10 rebounds. At the end of the season, Duren was named the AAC Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-AAC performer. He also declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, where he was drafted 13th overall by the Hornets, but immediately traded to the Detroit Pistons in a 3-team deal.

Bounces back in loss
CDetroit Pistons
November 29, 2022
Duren finished Tuesday's game against the Knicks with 12 points (6-7 FG), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.
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Duren had been held to four or fewer points in each of his previous four contests heading into Tuesday's clash, but he was able to get back on track by knocking down all but one of his attempts from the field. This marks Duren's fifth time scoring in double figures this season (20 games), so it's unrealistic for fantasy managers to expect this type of scoring from the 19-year-old on a regular basis, at least at this point in his young career.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Ticketed for G League
CDetroit Pistons
September 6, 2022
Duren will likely spend a majority of his rookie season playing in the G League rather than sitting on the bench for the Pistons, Keith Langlois of the team's website reports.
ANALYSIS
Detroit has a deep frontcourt that includes Marvin Bagley, Isaiah Stewart, Nerlens Noel and Kelly Olynyk, so while the team traded up to select Duren with the 13th overall pick in this year's draft, that alone won't guarantee him NBA playing time as a rookie. The 18-year-old's development will be the priority for the Pistons, and that is expected to mean regular minutes in G League games to begin the season. Should Detroit fall out of playoff contention and trade away a couple of veteran big men, however, Duren could find himself in an NBA rotational role later in the campaign.
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Poor showing in loss
CDetroit Pistons
November 26, 2022
Duren supplied four points (0-1 FG, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and two assists over 14 minutes during Friday's 108-102 loss to the Suns.
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Shoots well from field, line in loss
CDetroit Pistons
November 19, 2022
Duren finished with 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, one steal and one block across 22 minutes in Friday's 128-121 loss to the Lakers.
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Will come off bench Thursday
CDetroit Pistons
November 17, 2022
Duren will come off the bench Thursday against the Clippers, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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Draws first career start Thursday
CDetroit Pistons
November 17, 2022
Duren will start Thursday against the Clippers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
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Collects second double-double
CDetroit Pistons
November 9, 2022
Duren totaled 10 points (5-8 FG), 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.
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