Josh Jackson
Josh Jackson
22-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. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
Returning to starting lineup
FPhoenix Suns
March 21, 2019
Jackson will start at shooting guard in Thursday's game against Detroit.
ANALYSIS
Jackson hasn't started since February but has been seeing extended action off the bench for Phoenix. He's had a couple solid games back-to-back and will look to maintain his momentum in the starting lineup. De'Anthony Melton is moving to the bench while Jackson starts.
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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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Provides boost off bench
FPhoenix Suns
March 19, 2019
Jackson tallied 18 points (6-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes Monday in the Suns' 116-101 loss to the Bulls.
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Drains clutch three in overtime win
FPhoenix Suns
March 16, 2019
Jackson finished with 19 points (6-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal across 33 minutes in the Suns' win over the Pelicans on Saturday.
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Remains on second unit Sunday
FPhoenix Suns
March 11, 2019
Jackson finished with seven points (2-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 21 minutes in the Suns' 115-111 win over the Warriors on Sunday.
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Heads to bench Friday
FPhoenix Suns
March 1, 2019
Jackson will come off the bench in Friday's game against New Orleans.
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Terrible outing Wednesday
FPhoenix Suns
February 14, 2019
Jackson tallied eight points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), one assist and one steal in 15 minutes Wednesday in the Suns' 134-107 loss to the Clippers.
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