Josh Jackson charging up rookie class

Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) advances the ball up-court on a fast break as Utah Jazz forward Ekpe Udoh defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) advances the ball up-court on a fast break as Utah Jazz forward Ekpe Udoh defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Kansas one-and-done star Josh Jackson isn't going to be named NBA Rookie of the Year. Ben Simmons, drafted in 2016, Jayson Tatum, taken third this past draft, or Donovan Mitchell, picked 13th, will take home the prize.

But if hardware existed for in-season improvement, Jackson would be leading the pack, which bodes well for his chances of passing those having better rookie seasons.

A look at Jackson's improvement since the All-Star break, compared to some other rookies from this past draft:

Player (Team)
Min FG pct.
PPG RPG APG
DONOVAN MITCHELL (Jazz)
Pre-All-Star break
32.1 .439
19.6 2.9 3.5
Post-All-Star break
36.9 .435 22.8 3.6 4.3
JOSH JACKSON (Suns)
Pre-All-Star break
23.5 .406 11.2 4.1 1.2
Post-All-Star break
30.9 .438 18.7 5.9 2.5
KYLE KUZMA (Lakers)
Pre-All-Star break
29.5 .450 15.7 5.9 1.8
Post-All-Star break
35.6 .452
17.4 7.4 2.0
DENNIS SMITH (Mavs)
Pre-All-Star break
29.3 .394 14.8 3.9 4.9
Post-All-Star break
30.6 .396 16.1 3.5 5.9
JAYSON TATUM (Celtics)
Pre-All-Star break
31.1 .475 13.5 5.1 1.4
Post-All-Star break
29.2 .487 15.2 4.9 2.2
LONZO BALL (Lakers)
Pre-All-Star
33.9 .356 10.2 7.1 7.1
Post-All-Star break
34.9
.370 10.1 6.4 7.6

Comments

Jonathan Allison

Unless you feel that he shouldn't qualify because he was drafted in 2016, then Ben Simmons should and will win the ROY hardware. I would love to see Josh Jackson on a team that isn't tanking.

Andrew Wiggins is one win away from his first postseason appearance in the NBA. Embiid should make his postseason debut before the end of the first round upon returning from facial surgery. Lots of Jayhawks will be on NBA rosters. The Morris Bros and Kelly Oubre will also play prominent roles for their teams this postseason. Also there is an outside shot that the Morris twins could match up against eachother in the first round of the playoffs which could be a very entertaining series between a Boston squad that lost Kyrie Irving but gets Marcus Smart back in time for the playoffs, and a Washington squad that appears to be much better than their record after John Wall's return from injury.

5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Brett McCabe

No surprise to me about Josh. We all witnessed first hand his competitiveness which generally leads to improvement. I think Josh is going to be a star in the NBA for quite a long time. In fact, I think he'll be an All-Star by year four, when he'll still be in his early 20's.

Josh's biggest weakness was his shooting, and that is the number one skill that seems to improve for a lot of players in the NBA. Easily my favorite O.A.D. Jayhawk. Loved the attitude, the hustle, the competitiveness, the energy.....He's on his way.

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Layne Pierce

The things the chart did not show, competitiveness, rebounding, defense, willing to compete night in night out. Those are the things we all saw. I would even go so far as to say that Jackson in his second year just might have been enough to get by Villanova.

RCJH

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