Josh Jackson
Josh Jackson
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The former No. 4 overall pick is suiting up in Memphis after two disappointing seasons with Phoenix. The Grizzlies didn't give up much to acquire Jackson, and he's a low-risk, high-upside developmental player for a rebuilding franchise. After an unremarkable rookie campaign, Jackson's production decreased in points, rebounds, steals and field goal percentage as a sophomore. But his modest three-point shooting percentage (32.4), was actually an improvement on a pedestrian three-point shooting percentage in 2017 (26.3), and he improved his free-throw percentage to 67.1. Despite the decline in production, there is room for optimism with Jackson's development. He played just 25.4 minutes per game last season, but he averaged 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 combined blocks/steals per 36 minutes. If he can improve his shooting, Jackson could be a quality contributor for the Grizzlies. However, his role with Memphis is not yet clear. Jackson will likely come off the bench behind Kyle Anderson and Andre Iguodala, though he could see a significant bump in playing time if Iguodala is bought out and signs with a new team. 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. Traded to the Grizzlies in July of 2019. Grizzlies declined $8.93 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Joshua O'Neal Jackson was born in 1997 in San Diego, California. His mother, Apples Jones, served in the U.S. Navy. He finished his high school basketball career playing for Prolific Prep while attending Justin-Siena High School in Napa, California. That was after playing for Consortium College Prep School in Detroit, Michigan during his freshman and sophomore years. In 2016, he was named a McDonald's High School All-American. As a senior, he averaged 26.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists. Jackson's hobbies include playing chess and the saxophone. He can be followed on Twitter (@j_josh11) and Instagram (josh_j11).

College/International Summary

Jackson collected 2016-17 All-Big 12 first team honors and was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team while playing for Kansas. The Detroit, Michigan native led the Jayhawks in steals (1.7) per game. He was also second on the team in average points (16.3) and rebounds (7.4). Jackson helped lead the Jayhawks to the 2017 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. He entered the 2017 NBA Draft after his freshman season. He was selected at No. 4 overall by the Suns.

Continues solid start to March
FMemphis Grizzlies
March 10, 2020
Jackson finished with 15 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), one board, four assists, and one steal in 20 minutes of a 120-115 loss to Orlando on Tuesday.
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Jackson scored in double figures for the fifth straight game while also providing one of his team's highlights of the night when he showed off a series of fakes to reach the basket for the bucket despite the foul. Jackson has had a solid month of March, and but what made this outing unique was the efficiency he showed from the floor, getting the job done despite taking fewer than 10 shots in the contest.
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2018

Jackson appeared in 79 games for the Phoenix Suns during his second year in the NBA. He started 29 of those contests, playing 25.2 minutes per game and averaging 11.5 points per contest. This marked the second-straight year Jackson averaged double figures in scoring. He excelled from three-point field range by shooting 32.4 percent. In fact, over the final 17 games of the season, Jackson hit over 40 percent of his attempts from three-point land. He canned a career-high five treys in an overtime win over New Orleans on Apr. 5, en route to a career-best 35 points. Jackson also flashed his versatility, managing 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. He notched two double-doubles, and averaged 8.0 rebounds per game during the month of April. Jackson also posted eight assists against the Clippers on Dec. 10. He'd go on to finish fifth in scoring and sixth in rebounding for the Suns.

2017

Following one season at Kansas, Jackson was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut in the first game of a season against Portland on Oct. 18. Jackson played 32 minutes as a starter, posting 11 points and two rebounds. He ended up appearing in 77 games with 35 starts. As a reserve, he averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists. As a starter, Jackson averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals. He set single-game highs of 36 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals and four blocks. March 17 marked his best performance of the season, which featured 36 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block over 36 minutes in a loss to Golden State. Jackson's best stretch of the season came in his final seven games. From March 24 through April 6, he averaged 22.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals over 36.3 minutes. The Suns finished the season with a 21-61 record and did not make the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 4, 2017
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns
  • July 7, 2019
    Traded by the Phoenix Suns with De'Anthony Melton, a 2020 2nd round draft pick and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jevon Carter and Kyle Korver.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Solid off bench once again
FMemphis Grizzlies
March 8, 2020
Jackson went for 17 points (6-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-8 FT), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 118-101 win over the Hawks.
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Delivers 16 points off the bench
FMemphis Grizzlies
March 6, 2020
Jackson provided 16 points (7-15 FG, 2-8 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 22 minutes in Friday's 121-96 loss to the Mavericks.
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Scores 19 against Brooklyn
FMemphis Grizzlies
March 5, 2020
Jackson registered 19 points (6-12 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two steals and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 118-79 win at Brooklyn.
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Scores 16 against Atlanta
FMemphis Grizzlies
March 2, 2020
Jackson finished with 16 points (4-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three boards, four assists, three blocks and two steals in 24 minutes of a 125-88 win against the Hawks on Monday.
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No minutes spike sans JJ, Clarke
FMemphis Grizzlies
February 27, 2020
Jackson posted five points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 23 minutes Wednesday in the Grizzlies' 140-112 loss to the Rockets.
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