The Suns have pieces, but can they ever get on the right track?
December 11, 2019, 11:50 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies announced this morning that, in conjunction with a violation of team rules on Monday, Josh Jackson will not play in the Memphis Hustle’s home game on Wednesday.
This translates to a two-game suspension for the young forward who has been impressive in the G League this year, averaging 22.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.1 triples, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks in 33.4 minutes per game. Unfortunately, he is still having trouble with off-court issues, hurting his value while being away from the Grizzlies.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
November 19, 2019, 9:50 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Five games of G League action is too small of a sample size to declare that Josh Jackson is going to save his NBA career, but it is enough to suggest that the former lottery pick could be fast-tracking his path to an opportunity with the Grizzlies.
Jackson is averaging 20.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.8 triples, 1.4 steals and 1.5 blocks in 33.3 minutes per game while looking extremely sharp and confident. The Grizzlies have shied from publicly suggesting when they expect him to be ready for a call-up and they are reportedly monitoring his behavior off the court after some well-documented legal issues that helped hasten his exit in Phoenix. The on-court metrics are only helping Jackson's case though and it might only be a matter of time before he gets called back to the majors. He deserves to be stashed in deeper leagues as his game is fantasy friendly even though he has always struggled with bad percentages and turnovers.
Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal
November 9, 2019, 8:11 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Josh Jackson stuffed the stat sheet in his G League debut on Friday.
The Memphis Hustle opened their season with a victory and Jackson played a team-high 42 minutes with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, three blocks, two triples and four turnovers, shooting 7-of-16 from the field and 1-of-3 from the line. He is not currently on the re-draft radar but perhaps dynasty league owners are still keeping tabs. Being a former fourth-overall pick, his fourth year option was not cheap at $8.9 million so the Grizzlies have decided not to pick that up for next season but if Jackson continues to play well, he should eventually be called up and have his opportunity since the Grizzlies are not especially flushed with talent on the wings.
October 29, 2019, 9:17 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies forward Josh Jackson told reporters that he does not know if or when the team will call him up from the Memphis Hustle of the G League.
“As of now, no specific benchmarks, no specific timeline on when, or if, I’ll get called up,” Jackson said on Monday. The No. 4 overall draft pick in 2017 added that he is working on his ball-handling and continuing to better his outside shooting after improving from 26.3 to 32.4 percent from 3-point range last season. The Hustle start G League training camp this week and the 22-year-old forward, who encountered off-the-court issues in two underwhelming seasons with the Suns, is hoping to work his way back to the main team.
Source: The Commercial Appeal
October 22, 2019, 8:33 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have declined the fourth-year option on small forward Josh Jackson, according to Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian.
The decision will now make the No. 4 overall pick in 2017 an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Jackson was traded from the Suns to the Grizzlies this past offseason but he will begin the season with the Memphis Hustle of the G League. He is entering his third NBA season after averaging 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 79 games last year with the Suns, but he should be left in the waiver wire for now.
Source: Daily Memphian
October 16, 2019, 10:42 pmJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Josh Jackson checked in for seven minutes of action in Wednesday's preseason game.
This looks like Jackson's first action of the preseason, even though he was marked as away from the team on the injury report. He and the Grizzlies worked out an arrangement where Jackson would not attend training camp and start the year in the G-League so this doesn't change anything for fantasy players. Remember his name in deep leagues if he gets called up, though.
September 27, 2019, 12:30 pmJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Josh Jackson will start the season with the Grizzlies' G-League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle.
Charania also mentioned that Jackson will not join the team for training camp and this goes along with the previous report that he "has not been seen and rarely mentioned". Jackson's time with the Grizzlies has already been somewhat of a roller coaster ride and this definitely doesn't bode well for his fantasy value.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 25, 2019, 8:05 pmJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian noted that since being traded, Josh Jackson has been notably absent both in person and in conversation with Grizzlies, saying that he "has not been seen and rarely mentioned."
Jackson's NBA career has been a trainwreck both on and off the floor, having dealt with absent-minded play as well as an arrest at a Miami music festival. In contrast, Herrington also notes that De'Anthony Melton, who was dealt to Memphis along with Jackson, has been seen quite a bit with the team and staff this season. Melton has a much better shot of seeing the floor between these two, while Jackson has a lot to figure out before he can.
Source: Daily Memphian
July 17, 2019, 10:08 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Josh Jackson appears to have dealt with his arrest at a Miami music festival this summer by reaching a plea deal that will keep him out of the courtroom.
The Miami State Attorney’s Office confirmed that Jackson agreed to complete some kind of pre-trial diversion program in exchange for having the charges dropped. He was arrested at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami this summer when he reportedly tried to enter the VIP area many times without a proper pass. Jackson gets a fresh start in Memphis this year and even though it’s hard to predict whether he will be able to bounce back, he deserves consideration in the later rounds since the minutes will probably be there for him.
Source: NBC Sports
July 3, 2019, 4:28 pmJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
The Suns will trade Josh Jackson and De'Anthony Melton, along with two second-round picks, to the Grizzlies for Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter.
Jackson is the highest-profile player in the deal as the Grizzlies will take a chance at building up the former No. 4 overall pick, who has clearly fallen quite a ways. It's been a troubling offseason for Jackson, who suffered an unspecified left foot injury after being arrested at a music festival in Miami. It's possible that he ends up with a consistent role on a Grizzlies squad looking to find long-term pieces, but his weak stat set and the presence of better players at both forward spots means Jackson won't be a fantasy target until he proves that he's capable of producing. The second-rounders are conditional in 2020 and 2021.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 31, 2019, 4:58 pmJosh JacksonF, Phoenix Suns
Josh Jackson was sporting a soft cast and crutches on Friday.
Jackson apparently tweaked his foot, and the Suns are saying that the cast is simply a precautionary measure at this point. There have already been reports that the Suns will try and move Jackson this summer and a new team might be able to buy low between this new injury and his offseason arrest at a Miami music festival. A change of scenery might do some good, but it would take a perfect situation to put Jackson on the standard-league radar.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
May 13, 2019, 7:08 pmJosh JacksonF, Phoenix Suns
According to John Gambadoro, the Suns will try to trade Josh Jackson this summer.
It's not a coincidence that this report comes out the same day that Jackson gets arrested. It's also not surprising that the Suns would want to move on from Jackson given Mikal Bridges is a better defender and shooter. Jackson's value is low right now so we'll see if any teams actually make an offer. Don't expect much noise on this until the draft gets closer.
Source: Evan Sidery on Twitter
May 13, 2019, 2:39 pmJosh JacksonF, Phoenix Suns
According to Andy Slater, Josh Jackson was arrested at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami for trying to enter VIP areas many times without a proper pass.
Jackson also ran away from police officers as they tried to handcuff him which only made things worse. He was charged with escape and resisting arrest and the Suns are almost definitely going to launch an investigation into what happened. The NBA might also get involved and it’s highly likely that Jackson will face some sort of suspension for his actions.
Source: Andy Slater on Twitter
April 9, 2019, 11:04 pmJosh JacksonF, Phoenix Suns
Josh Jackson scored 17 points on 6-of-20 shooting with eight rebounds, two blocks and two triples on Tuesday.
Jackson's 3-for-5 mark at the line and horrible efficiency tonight highlight what he's been in his first two seasons in the league. Jackson ends the season with top-190-150 value (9/8 cat) and still hasn't fixed his shooting inefficiencies. He's knocking down more triples and had another stellar finish to the year, closing out the last two weeks with top-40 value on a per-game basis, but it's on the heels of 35.1 minutes a game on a tanking Suns team. With Mikal Bridges, Kelly Oubre Jr. and T.J. Warren all returning next year, it's safe to say that Jackson won't be playing 30+ minutes a night and we shouldn't overvalue him heading into next season as he's only logging this many minutes due to injuries.