What are the chances Josh Jackson makes an All-Rookie team?

Phoenix Suns Josh Jackson (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns Josh Jackson (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Rookie Josh Jackson’s improvement has been well documented over the past few months.

Prior the turn of the New Year, the rookie forward was underwhelming to say the least. Through the months of October, November, and December, the former Jayhawk averaged 9.2 ppg 3.5 rpg while posting abysmal shooting numbers. Sporting an overall TS% of 44%.

In November alone, Jackson shot barely 18% from three. Of course, there were promising signs shown on defense, but his offense lagged well behind.

Having strong moments on that end against guys like Jamal Crawford and James Harden was awesome.

The key for Jackson to thrive long term is to pick it up on offense, thus becoming a true two-way player. And boy has he picked it up over the last few months.

Since the New Year, Jackson has averaged 16 ppg to go along with 5.7 rpg. His TS% has improved to 50% on the season as well.

In the March 17th loss against the Golden State Warriors, Jackson came alive scoring 36 points while grabbing six rebounds, four assists, and two steals, giving fans a preview of what Jackson is capable of.

With his three-month surge continuing, what are the chances he makes an All-Rookie team this season?

The 2017 rookie class has been uncommonly good. Featuring the Rookie of the Year favorite in Ben Simmons. Followed by another promising name in Donovan Mitchell.

Lauri Markkanen, Dennis Smith Jr, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, John Collins, Kyle Kuzma, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and De’Aaron Fox make up a collection of promising rookies.

Then there’s also Zach Collins, Jarrett Allen, and OG Anunoby who’ve had nice campaigns in their first year as well.

That’s 14 rookies (including Jackson), who voters will have to decide for 10 All-Rookie team spots.

Jackson certainly has a chance to make the 2nd team. Assuming Ball, Simmons, Kuzma, Micthell, and Tatum lock up the 1st team spots.

If the season started January 1st,  Jackson would absolutely be considered a lock for at least the 2nd team. However, everything before January 1st happened and it was not pretty. That figures to be a factor on what voters decide to do.

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Regardless of what happens during award season, Jackson has played well enough to be factored in the future of the Suns.

His shooting can be better, but within many dark spots the Suns’ season, Jackson’s 2018 surge is one of the bright spots.

What do you think are the chances Jackson sneaks his way onto the overall All-Rookie team and become the tenth member all-time in franchise history?