Jaren Jackson Jr.
F - MEM
Grizzlies’ executive Zach Kleiman said that F Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) will not be ready to play when the season begins.
Jackson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in August. No timetable was given, but Jackson will be out “a minute” per Kleiman. The 21-year-old will continue to rehab and return at some point during the season. Jackson averaged 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 blocks over 57 games last year.
Grizzlies Executive VP Zach Kleiman said that Jaren Jackson Jr. has underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to make a full recovery.
Even though it was the same knee he sprained in February, Kleiman doesn't expect it to be a lingering issue going forward. This is certainly the best possible news for this young Grizzlies squad who just lost seven of nine games in the bubble and failed to make the playoffs. The 20-year-old PF/C will continue his rehab in Memphis and is currently on track to return before next season. For fantasy purposes, it will be important to pay close attention to his rehab process in order to determine his value heading into next season.
Jaren Jackson Jr. will miss the rest of the NBA season after suffering a torn meniscus during Monday's loss to the Pelicans, according to a statement released by the Grizzlies.
This is devastating news for the Memphis Grizzlies, who are currently fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. According to the team, the injury occurred during Monday's loss to the Pelicans after Jackson Jr. "experienced an unstable landing after making contact with an opposing player while contesting a shot." Although he is expected to make a full recovery, this puts his availability heading into the shortened 2020-2021 season in jeopardy. With Jackson Jr. done for the year, rookie forward Brandon Clarke figures to benefit the most in his absence and is now a starting option in both DFS and season-long fantasy leagues.
Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 22 points (7-17 FG, 6-8 FT, 2-8 3PT) with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, and one turnover in 31 minutes in Monday's 109-99 loss to the Pelicans.
Jackson Jr. has been lights out for Memphis in three games, averaging 25.3 points a game. The problem is, he's also averaging just 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. If the Grizzlies are going to win some games, it's going to require JJJ to help in other areas of the game besides just scoring. For DFS purposes, Jackson is tough to roster with his limited production outside of scoring and his keen ability to get into foul-trouble. He's averaging 4.3 fouls per game, leading to fewer minutes than he may have played otherwise in each of the first three games.
Jalen Jackson Jr scored 21 points (8-13 FG, 3-3 FT) with three rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and two three's across 35 minutes in Sunday's 108-106 loss to the Spurs.
Jalen Jackson Jr hit a clutch three late in the 4th quarter, but DeMar DeRozan played spoiler by knocking down two free-throws to seal the game for San Antonio. JJJ is shooting 40% from three in his past ten games dating back to March, and he'll continue to be a good source of blocks as well. His lack of rebounds and assists hurts his value in DFS, but he is still playing well enough to warrant consideration going into next week. Jackson Jr. will face the Pelicans tomorrow night.