Jaren Jackson Jr.
- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Jaren Walter Jackson Jr.
- Nicknames: JJJ, Block Panther
- Date of Birth: September 15, 1999
- Age: 24 years
- Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
- Father: Jaren Jackson Sr. (Former NBA player and NBA Champion with San Antonio Spurs in 1999)
- Mother: Terri Jackson
- Relationship Status: Single
- Career Information:
- Current Teams:
- Memphis Grizzlies (Jersey #13, Positions: Power forward, Center)
- United States national basketball team (Jersey #13, Position: Forward)
- Position: Center, Power Forward
- Year: 2018
- Round: 1
- Pick: 4
- Drafted by: Memphis Grizzlies
- NBA Debut: October 17, 2018
- Experience: 5 Years
- College: Michigan State
- High School: La Lumiere School, La Porte, Indiana
- Current Teams:
- Physical Details:
- Height: 2.08 m
- Weight: 109 kg (242 pounds)
- Wingspan: 2.24 m
- Shoe Size: Size 18 (US)
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Duration: Four years (since October 18, 2021)
- Total Value: $104,720,000
- Average Annual Salary: $26,180,000
- Net Worth: Approximately $15 million
- Other Details:
Jaren Jackson Jr. Stats
- Teams Played For: Memphis Grizzlies (MEM)
- Position: Power Forward
- Jersey Number: #13
Career Averages (Per Game):
- Games Played (GP): 267
- Games Started (GS): 258
- Minutes (MIN): 27.4
- Field Goals (FG): 5.8-12.5 (46.6% accuracy)
- 3-Point Shots (3PT): 1.7-4.7 (35.2% accuracy)
- Free Throws (FT): 3.2-4.0 (79.0% accuracy)
- Rebounds (REB): 5.5 (1.4 offensive and 4.1 defensive)
- Assists (AST): 1.1
- Steals (STL): 0.9
- Blocks (BLK): 2.1
- Fouls (PF): 3.7
- Turnovers (TO): 1.7
- Points (PTS): 16.4
- Field Goals (FG): 1550-3325 (46.6% accuracy)
- 3-Point Shots (3PT): 441-1253 (35.2% accuracy)
- Free Throws (FT): 850-1076 (79.0% accuracy)
- Rebounds (REB): 1476 (372 offensive and 1104 defensive)
- Assists (AST): 300
- Steals (STL): 242
- Blocks (BLK): 558
- Fouls (PF): 993
- Turnovers (TO): 449
- Points (PTS): 4391
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Double Doubles (DD2): 19
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 0
- Disqualifications (DQ): 21
- Ejections (EJECT): 0
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 18
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 2
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 0.7
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.5
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.321
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.53
Jaren Jackson Jr. has shown impressive growth over his time with the Memphis Grizzlies. He has consistently increased his points per game, reaching 18.6 PPG in the 2022-23 season. His defensive prowess is evident with a career average of 2.1 blocks per game, showcasing his role as a rim protector. Despite his size, Jackson also poses a threat from beyond the arc, maintaining a three-point shooting percentage above 35% in multiple seasons. This combination of interior and perimeter skill sets him apart as a versatile forward in the league.
Jaren Jackson Jr. 2023-24 Profile
Jaren Jackson Jr. — the 6 foot 10, 242 pound Power Forward/Center for the Memphis Grizzlies — has proven himself to be a cornerstone of the Grizzlies future. Jackson Jr., along with Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant, have developed an excellent partnership together, and appear poised to lead the Grizzlies to continued postseason success in the coming years. The only question is when that postseason success will arrive. Although Memphis has made the playoffs in three straight seasons, they haven’t yet made the Western Conference Finals with Morant and Jackson Jr. While Jackson Jr. can’t be blamed for that, if he can improve his game in 2023-24, that boost might be all Memphis needs to realize the success they seem destined for.
In this article, we’ll discuss Jaren Jackson Jr.’s general information, his background before the NBA, how his career has fared thus far, and what to expect from him in 2023-24.
Jaren Jackson Jr. General Information
Jaren Walter Jackson Jr. was born on September 15, 1999, in Plainfield, New Jersey, United States. His parents are Jaren Jackson Sr. and Terri Jackson. Jackson Sr. was also an NBA player, and won an NBA Championship in 1999 with the San Antonio Spurs. Jaren Jackson Jr. is currently single.
On October 18, 2021, Jaren Jackson Jr. signed a four-year, $104,720,000 contract with the Memphis Grizzlies — making for an average annual salary of $26,180,000. Jackson Jr.’s net worth is estimated to be $15 million.
Jaren Jackson Jr. wears jersey number 13, and wears a size 18 (US) shoe.
Jaren Jackson Jr. Background
Jackson Jr. began his high school career at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, he played varsity for three years, and averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. After his junior season, Jackson Jr. transferred to La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana. Jackson Jr. played in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game once his senior season ended.
Jackson Jr. was considered the #5 overall recruit of his 2017 high school class, and #1 at his position. And on September 15, 2016 (his 17th birthday), Jackson Jr. committed to play college basketball at Michigan State University.
Jackson Jr. produced immediately at Michigan State. In his freshman year, Jackson Jr. averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and a whopping 3 blocks per game, in just 21.8 minutes played per game. On February 13, he put up a then career-high 27 points in a blowout 87–57 win. At the end of the regular season for Michigan State, Jackson Jr. was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team, and to the All-Big Ten’s Third Team.
After Michigan State lost in the 2nd round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Jackson Jr. announced that he was going to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. And on June 21, 2018, Jackson was selected with the fourth overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jackson Jr.’s NBA Career So Far
It didn’t take long for Jaren Jackson Jr. to prove to Memphis that he was worth the high draft pick. During his rookie season in 2018-19, Jackson Jr played in 58 games and averaged 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. At season’s end, Jackson Jr. was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
During his second season, on December 13, 2019, Jackson scored a career-high 43 points, including 9 three-pointers. On January 28, Jackson recorded a career-high 7 blocks in a 104–96 win. At the end of this 2019-20 season, Jackson Jr. averaged 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.
Unfortunately, Jaren Jackson Jr. tore his meniscus early on in the 2020-21 season, and only played in 11 total games across that entire regular season. Jackson Jr. was, however, able to return for the playoffs, averaging 13.6 points per game in the five playoff games that the Grizzlies played in.
After signing the aforementioned contract right before the 2021 season, Jackson Jr. stepped his game up in 2021-22 — especially on the defensive side of the ball. During the regular season, Jackson Jr. averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and a fantastic 2.3 blocks per game — which made him the NBA’s blocks leader for the season.
Jackson Jr.’s Grizzlies found some success in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, making it to the Western Conference Semifinals before losing to the Golden State Warriors in six games. During the playoffs, Jackson Jr. averaged 15.4 points and 2.5 blocks per game. At season’s end, Jackson Jr. was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, and finished fifth in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
But 2022-23 was Jackson Jr.’s best season to date. After missing the first 14 games of the season due to a stress fracture in his right foot, Jackson Jr. returned in November and made an immediate impact. Jackson Jr. was named to his first ever All-Star team this season, and finished the year averaging 18.6 points and 3 blocks per game — each of which are career highs.
Although the Grizzlies, who were the #2 seed in the Western Conference, were upset in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers, Jackson Jr. performed well during the series; averaging 18 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. After the season ended, Jackson Jr. won his first ever NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, and his second consecutive NBA All-Defensive First Team honors.
Jaren Jackson Jr. 2023-24 Season Forecast
Jaren Jackson Jr. is currently the best defensive player in the entire NBA, so there isn’t much he can do to improve on that side of the ball. His scoring output and efficiency is impressive, as well. However, considering someone of Jackson Jr.’s stature and physicality, one would expect him to be a better rebounder. If there was one facet of Jackson Jr.’s game that he could look to improve, it would be rebounding. It isn’t out of the question for Jackson Jr. to average 10 rebounds per game—and if he did so, the Grizzlies would be in a much better position to succeed. Perhaps that increase might even be enough to catapult Memphis into the Western Conference’s elite. What’s for sure is that the combination of Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. has turned into must-see TV — and will likely continue to be so for many, many seasons to come.
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