• Hoop Ball Kings is proud to bring you the ninth installment of a brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season. Over the next two months we will be doing a roundtable series which involves all three of our writers here at Hoop Ball Kings. We’ll be discussing various topics including season projections for each player on the Kings roster, record predictions and more.

    First and foremost, we will run through every player currently on the Kings roster and provide our personal predictions for their output this season.

    Join the conversation: Want to make your own projections and predictions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below or tweet them to us @HoopBallKings on Twitter, or Hoop Ball Kings on Facebook.

    Justin Jackson joins Sacramento hot off a national championship with North Carolina. He was one of, if not the best player on the Kings during Summer League and showed everyone how his game can potentially translate to the NBA. In his final year at UNC, he posted averages of 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 32.0 minutes per game (40 games) on 44.3 percent shooting from the field (37.0 percent shooting from three).

    He showcased his ability to create offense and knock down open threes during summer league. He has a nice floater too which was almost automatic. Jackson’s game, especially at this stage in his career, is comparable to someone like Omri Casspi; with his 3-point shooting ability and knack for making running floaters. He has all the tools to be a solid player right out of the gate.

    However, will the playing time be in order for Jackson during his rookie season? Or will he be a casualty of the Kings’ depth on the wings?

    Jake Fitzgibbon 

    Stat-line Prediction: 5.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks. 43.2% FG, 39% 3PT, 79% FT.

    Jackson will struggle to find playing time in his first season. Guys like Hield, Temple, Bogdanovic and even Carter could all get minutes ahead of the rook. He’s going to get limited time on the court and it’ll be on him to prove his worth and earn more. He could very well end up playing over 15 minutes per game come season’s end, but at this stage he may be looking at a few DNP-CDs early on.

    If he does happen to get playing time, he should be quite effective for the Kings. He’ll struggle defensively because of his thin frame, but as a source of offense and his ability to space the floor, he’ll be perfect. Having someone like Vince Carter as a mentor is huge for his development too, so spending some time on the bench watching guys like Carter do their thing won’t be a bad thing at all.

    Nick Avila

    Stat-line Prediction: 6.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks. 45% FG, 32% 3PT, 72% FT.

    Jackson turned himself into a solid 3-point shooter while at North Carolina. Whether that will translate to the NBA is yet to be seen. If he can knock down some threes on a regular basis, he’ll do something Ben McLemore was never able to in his years with the team.

    Jackson is part of a talented rookie core that looks to change the future of the Kings, but he’ll have less expectations than a player like De’Aaron Fox when the season begins.

    He’ll probably have some games where he scores double digits easily and also some where he barely puts up a basket. He showed he could score with ease during Summer League, but also had some hiccups, as most rookies will. Jackson looks to be a streaky player and that could help him or hurt him when it comes to seeing playing time under Dave Joerger.

    Jon Schifferle

    Stat-line Prediction: 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks. 42% FG, 35% 3PT, 74% FT.

    Despite being picked 10 spots behind De’Aaron Fox in the 2017 NBA draft, Justin Jackson may have the biggest role of any rookie in the team’s early season rotation. Jackson has the benefit of being one of the more experienced rookies on the roster, and the team’s relative lack of depth at his natural position gives him much less competition than other young players on the roster.

    With that said, Jackson isn’t likely to have a huge role in the offense, at least not until he’s proved that he’s earned one. His shooting will be relied on at times, but the coaching staff will also take a strong look at his ability to fit in on both ends of the floor.

    Join the conversation: Want to make your own projections and predictions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below or tweet them to us @HoopBallKings on Twitter, or Hoop Ball Kings on Facebook.

    Missed the previous installments of Hoop Ball Kings’ Roundtable Series? Click HERE to read them.

Fantasy News

  • Allen Crabbe
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Allen Crabbe (right knee arthroscopy) is unlikely to play until mid-to-late-November, according to coach Lloyd Pierce.

    Peirce will see how Crabbe performs once he starts practicing before integrating him into games. He underwent surgery in April and has yet to be completely recovered. He will likely see a limited role and can be left undrafted.

    Source: Sarah K Spencer on Twitter

  • Caleb Martin
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Caleb Martin has agreed to a partially guaranteed three-year deal with the Hornets.

    Caleb Martin went undrafted but has now joined twin brother Cody on the team. He will likely spend some time in the G League.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Rayjon Tucker
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have requested waivers on Rayjon Tucker, Trevor Lacey and Jemerrio Jones.

    Tucker appeared in three preseason games and averaged 3.3 points in 9.7 minutes per game. Lacey and Jones did not appear in any preseason games. All three players are likely to be headed to the G League.

    Source: Milwaukee Bucks on Twitter

  • Anzejs Pasecniks
    C, Washington Wizards

    Anzejs Pasecniks and Jalen Jones have been waived by the Wizards.

    Both players signed with the team on Wednesday and played in Friday's preseason game against the Sixers. Pasecniks racked up 4 points and 3 rebounds while Jones scored 7 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Both players may end up in the G League.

    Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter

  • John Henson
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    John Henson (right groin strain) is unlikely to play in the season opener on Wednesday.

    Henson has not been able to practice fully and missed every preseason game. Once healthy, Henson is expected to back up Tristan Thompson at center. It's worth noting that Henson is also dealing with an ankle injury as well, so this may be more than just a one game absence.

    Source: Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com

  • Jalen Adams
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have waived Jalen Adams, Javon Bess and Kavell Bigby-Williams.

    It's the time for coaches to decide who will and will not make the 15 man roster. Adams, Bess and KBW will look to latch onto a G-League affiliate.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside (left ankle sprain) was limited to non-contact work during Saturday's practice, but expects to play in the Blazers' opener.

    Whiteside left Wednesday's preseason game after injuring his ankle through 16 minutes of play. Whiteside expects to be fine for Wednesday and is in line to have a bounce back season in his new threads.

    Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter

  • Max Strus
    PG, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have waived Max Strus.

    The writing was on the wall with this one, as Javonte Green had been the frontrunner for the 15th and final roster spot.

    Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter

  • Jemerrio Jones
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have signed Jemerrio Jones.

    The Wizards waived Jones three days ago and he did not last long on the market. Jones spent time with the Lakers last season and averaged 4.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 23.8 mpg.

    Source: Bucks PR on Twitter

  • Milton Doyle
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls have waived Milton Doyle, Justin Simon and Simisola Shittu.

    Bulls head coach Jim Boylan mentioned using one of the possible two-way contracts on a player outside of the organization and the Bulls leaving themselves with 16 players on their rosters points to exactly that.

    Source: Bulls PR on Twitter