Josh Jackson
Josh Jackson
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson had a solid, but not spectacular rookie campaign in Phoenix after being selected with the fourth overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. He played in 77 games, including 35 starts, and averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal across 25.4 minutes. Struggles with his efficiency was really the biggest concern, as Jackson shot just 41.7 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from deep and 63.4 percent from the free-throw line. His shot is clearly a work in progress, though the hope is that it's at least slightly improved after having a full offseason to work with the coaching staff. Looking forward to the upcoming season, Jackson should slot into the backup small forward slot to T.J. Warren once again, but the Suns will likely look to get their youngster a few more minutes per game after a strong finish to last season -- in his final 12 showings in 2017-18, Jackson averaged 21.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals across 34.5 minutes. While the additions of Trevor Ariza and first-round draft pick Mikal Bridges pose a few hurdles to get over for big minutes, Jackson is still a candidate to see added run considering his upside and flashes of brilliance last year. If he improves as expected, Jackson should flirt with top-100 value and makes for an intriguing mid-to-late round pick in most standard drafts. Of course, Fantasy owners will have to prepare to deal with the repercussions of his efficiency woes. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $11.13 million contract with the Suns in July of 2017. Suns exercised $7.06 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Returns to bench
FPhoenix Suns
January 15, 2019
Jackson will come off the bench Tuesday against the Pacers.
With Devin Booker (back) returning to the starting five, Jackson will resume his usual role off the pine. As a reserve, the sophomore is averaging 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20.3 minutes.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson, a top prospect in the high school class of 2016, didn’t disappoint during his lone year at Kansas last season. The 6-foot-8 forward posted 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks across 30.8 minutes per game. He also shot 51.3 percent from the field and went 34-of-90 (37.8 percent) from beyond the arc. His free-throw shooting was surprisingly bad, however, as he hit just 56.6 percent of his looks from the charity stripe. Regardless, his top-flight athleticism and potential as an elite two-way player caught the Suns’ attention, and he’ll join the organization’s young core after being drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. While the coaching staff in Phoenix has their work cut out for them trying to find significant minutes for all their young players, Jackson has a strong possibility of being the starting small forward when the season tips off, meaning he could be looking at a 30-plus minute per game workload. He also has the ability to play three positions, so even if he isn’t the starting small forward, he could fill in as a pseudo-utility guy off the pine. While there are certainly safer options than drafting a rookie in Fantasy, Jackson’s upside as a player and his projected workload give him potential as a top-20 small forward.
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Another impressive performance in win
FPhoenix Suns
January 13, 2019
Jackson tallied 15 points (6-18 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Saturday's 102-93 victory over Phoenix.
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Fills box score in Tuesday's win
FPhoenix Suns
January 8, 2019
Jackson managed 13 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 115-111 win over the Kings.
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Starting Tuesday
FPhoenix Suns
January 8, 2019
Jackson will enter the starting five Tuesday against the Kings.
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Season-high scoring total in loss
FPhoenix Suns
January 7, 2019
Jackson posted 22 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and four assists across 32 minutes in the Suns' 119-113 loss to the Hornets on Sunday.
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Fills up stat sheet in loss
FPhoenix Suns
January 2, 2019
Jackson supplied 16 points (6-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 132-127 loss to the 76ers.
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