May 4, 2018, 11:50 am
2017-18 averages: 68 G | 41 GS | 22.1 MP | 6.7 PTS | 2.8 REB | 1.1 AST | 0.4 STL | 0.2 BLK | 0.6 TOV | 44.2 FG% | 30.8 3P% | 72.2 FT% |
Justin Jackson had one of the more up-and-down seasons of the Kings’ rookies. He was pretty much a ‘what you see is what you get’ player and that proved true towards the end of the year.
He brought with him collegiate experience from a winning program and the potential for a 3-point shot that the Kings desperately needed — and hadn’t found — out of a small forward in many years.
Jackson was somewhat of a safe selection at No. 15 in the 2017 NBA Draft. He played three seasons at North Carolina, had an excellent junior season, in which he made 37 percent of his 3-point attempts, and averaged 18.3 points. All that led to him being selected as ACC Player of the Year.
So, Jackson joined the Kings and slid almost directly into a starting role. He was a starter for the Kings in five of the team’s first seven games but didn’t do enough to remain. Jackson had the toughest month of his rookie year in November when he had an offensive rating of just 84.
Jackson didn’t look confident attempting shots, hitting just 37 percent of his attempts and only 28 percent from beyond the arc.
The funk that Jackson fell into wouldn’t go away, however. He’d show some decent ability to create space and hit mid-range shots, and every once in a while would knock down a corner three for the team, but he still lacked consistency for much of the season.
Another major flaw Jackson had early on in the season was his inability to play tough defense. His defensive rating in his first few months in the league hovered around 117, according to Pro Basketball Reference, and a lot of it had to do with his slender frame. Around the All-Star break, though, Jackson was finally able to become more effective on that side of the court.
When trades and injuries led the Kings to give their rookie players the bulk of the minutes, Jackson used the opportunity to his advantage. In February and March, Jackson started 27 games. His 3-point shot never got going this year, but in March he had his best shooting month of the year (51.3 percent).
Jackson had his best single-game performance of the season against the Hawks. He dropped a career-high 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting and knocked down all four of his 3-point tries.
With the regular playing time Jackson looked much more comfortable for the Kings. In his first month coming off the bench, his usage was an all-time high 19.9 percent, but it resulted in just 6.7 points and the aforementioned month-low offensive rating.
In the months of February and March he had a usage percentage of 13.2 and 14.4, respectively, but made much more happen. He had offensive ratings of 111 in both months and averaged 49.2 percent shooting in the months combined. He also averaged 8.5 points per game in the span of the two months.
Jackson will never be the fastest player on a team, he won’t be winning any weightlifting awards in the near future, but he can take steps to becoming a solid starting small forward in the NBA.
Jackson will need to work on his 3-point shooting after finishing the year, making just over 30 percent of his attempts. He struggled hitting the open looks he got, not just from the 3-point line.
According to NBA.com, Jackson took more than half of his shots with four or more feet of space between him and the nearest defender. With 4-to-6 feet of space, Jackson made just 42.4 percent of his shots and when he had six or more feet he knocked down even less (37.2 percent).
Jackson has the potential to be a key player for the Kings moving forward, even if he didn’t make the strides many expected of him this year. With the slashing ability of De’Aaron Fox, Jackson could be an essential piece of the team’s offense if he can prove to make open looks.
The vast majority of his looks this season were with no dribbles, but Jackson didn’t prove to be a solid catch-and-shoot player. He made just 42.4 percent of his looks from inside the arc and hit 31 percent from deep.
If Jackson isn’t able to take the necessary steps in becoming a deep-ball threat, the Kings very well could be forced to look for another player at the small forward position. For now, though, Jackson is a solid option to have at small forward.
August 22, 2019, 3:27 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.
Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.
August 22, 2019, 12:25 pmIsaiah CanaanPG, International
Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with the Shangdong Heroes of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The veteran journeyman played for the Suns, Wolves and Bucks last season, appearing in 30 games total. Canaan will be looking at a more prominent role and payday overseas as he attempts to build his value back up before trying to latch on to a team towards the end of the year. Canaan is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter
August 22, 2019, 11:58 amPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills put up 19 points, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's international exhibition between Team Australia and Team USA.
The Boomers figure to be one of the chief threats to the Americans in the World Cup and put forth a competitive effort in today's exhibition. Mills has typically been a steady, late-round fantasy option for deep-league play but that may change this season as the Spurs will need to mix in both Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Chris Goulding tied for the team lead in points, also scoring 19 while hitting four 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.
August 22, 2019, 11:54 amMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's exhibition win over Team Australia, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor with a 3-pointer.
Turner didn't get any blocks but we know that last year's league-leader can rack those up in a hurry, whether he's getting them in international competition or not. Look for another early-middle round season out of the talented big man. Kemba Walker led Team USA with 23 points in the 102-86 win.
August 21, 2019, 6:26 pmTrevon BluiettPF, Utah Jazz
Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.
Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
August 21, 2019, 5:25 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.
Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.
Source: The Athletic
August 21, 2019, 10:34 amCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.
Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.
Source: John Casey on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:33 pmTyronn LuePG, Los Angeles Clippers
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.
The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:28 pmPJ TuckerSF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.
The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 6:11 pmJaylen AdamsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks officially announced the signings of guards Jaylen Adams and Rayjon Tucker on Tuesday.
Adams and Tucker have their work cut out for them in their bid to claim a roster with the big club, as the Bucks have a reasonably deep guard rotation. Adams and Tucker are more than likely competing to get playing time in the G-League this season and can be ignored in fantasy.