• 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.

Fantasy News

  • Jeremy Lamb
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Jeremy Lamb suffered a torn left ACL, a torn lateral meniscus and a lateral femoral condylar fracture on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season.

    Lamb is a drop in all redraft formats and his absence from here on out will open up more minutes for Holidays Aaron and Justin, as well as potentially Edmond Sumner. Most of the SG minutes will go to Victor Oladipo when he's healthy, though, so there's no 12-team pickup as a result of this news. Justin and his 3-and-D stat set are the most likely to get near the top-150, but both Holidays are viable adds in deeper formats.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter

  • Gary Clark
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Gary Clark (left knee irritation) is questionable to play on Monday.

    Clark has been good for low-teens minutes with the Magic, so his presence or absence is unlikely to have any significant fantasy impact.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    D'Angelo Russell is not on Monday's injury report after sitting out on Sunday.

    Russell sat for planned rest and has been dealing with minor knee problems, but he's good to go tonight. He might miss a few more games, especially in B2B spots, but Russell is primed for a big finish with the Wolves trying to get as much information as possible about long-term fits around their new core.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Nigel Williams-Goss
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Nigel Williams-Goss (left quad contusion) will not play on Monday.

    Williams-Goss has been on the injury report since the All-Star break, not that his absence affects anything.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle), previously probable, has been cleared to play on Monday night.

    Robinson could be in for a weird one against the no-center Rockets tonight, but he's got to be in your lineups for his blocks upside. It's been a disappointing year for the sophomore but he can still win you a whole category by himself.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Allen Crabbe
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Allen Crabbe (personal) will not play on Monday against the Mavs.

    Crabbe has struggled mightily this season and even with Minnesota's questionable depth, he's only a deep-league 3-point specialist at best.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jake Layman (left toe sprain) is probable to play on Monday.

    Layman was cleared for practice on Thursday and was set to be re-evaluated in a week, but it appears that everything's gone well and that Layman is ahead of schedule. He's been out since November 18 because of this injury but was playing quite well before going down, so he's someone to watch out for in deeper leagues given Minnesota's ramshackle roster.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Meyers Leonard (left ankle sprain) still has no timetable to return but is now without a walking boot.

    Leonard's still looking at another week or more on the shelf, which will mean more work for Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk at power forward in the meantime. Even when healthy, Leonard won't be a fantasy option outside of deep formats.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro (right ankle soreness) has shed his walking boot but remains without a timetable to return.

    This isn't much of an update but it's still a sign of progress. He's part of a very crowded wing rotation in Miami, and outside of unpredictable scoring explosions there's really limited appeal in standard formats.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) will not play on Monday.

    With Elfrid Payton still questionable, we could see a lot of Dennis Smith Jr. tonight. He's a viable DFS dart but it's been established that fantasy expectations should be low there.

    Source: Marc Berman on Twitter