Jalen Suggs

Jalen Suggs

22-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 4/25/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Suggs was the No. 5 overall pick just two years ago, and it looks like Orlando is already regretting that choice. They decided to take Anthony Black with the sixth pick this year, and both guards play similar roles. Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony are still in this rotation, too. Fultz had a breakout year as the starting point guard last season, and we have to assume he'll be the primary playmaker once again. That will likely leave Suggs in a bench role again. He was a reserve in 34 of 53 games last year. He was unproductive in that role, averaging 8.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals on 41 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line. His steals are the only significant aspect for fantasy managers to take solace in because he's one of the better defensive guards in the league. That's not exactly a great recipe for fantasy basketball, though, and we simply can't trust Suggs as long as Fultz, Anthony and Black are all fully healthy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $13.52 million contract with the Magic in August of 2021. Magic exercised $7.25 million team option for 2023-24 in October of 2022. Magic exercised $9.19 million team option for 2024-25 in October of 2023.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

As a freshman, Suggs averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists for a deep and talented Gonzaga team that didn't taste defeat until the National Championship game. While he wasn't as ball-dominant as some of the other one-and-done freshmen in the class, Suggs' athleticism stood out whenever he took the court, especially on the defensive end. He led the West Coast Conference in defensive rating and defensive win shares, plus checked in at No. 11 in the country in total steals. Suggs flirted with the elusive triple-double on multiple occasions, including an 18-point/10-rebound/6-assist effort against USC in the Elite Eight. His shining moment came in the Final Four against UCLA, however, as Suggs hit a game-winning three from just inside halfcourt to propel Gonzaga to the title game, where the Zags ultimately fell to Baylor.

Expects to play in Game 3
GOrlando Magic
Knee
April 23, 2024
Suggs said after Monday's 96-86 loss to the Cavaliers that he doesn't think his sprained left knee injury will keep him from playing Thursday in Game 3 of the series, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Suggs suffered the injury in the first quarter Monday, when he collapsed to the floor after making contact with Cleveland's Donovan Mitchell. Suggs grabbed his leg in visible pain after the play and didn't put any weight on his leg as he was assisted to the locker room, but he was able to return to the contest after halftime while sporting a compression sleeve on his leg. He ended up playing well down the stretch, finishing with nine points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 29 minutes. Adrenaline might have played a part in Suggs feeling well enough to return, so the Magic will wait and see how his knee responds over the next two days before deciding whether he's fit to play in Game 3 with the Magic facing a 2-0 series deficit.
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How does Jalen Suggs compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Turnover %
    An estimate of turnovers committed per 100 plays.
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    An estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player while they were on the floor.
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True Shooting %
60.2%
 
Effective Field Goal %
57.8%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
53.9%
 
Free Throw Rate
21.8%
 
Offensive Rebound %
2.7%
 
Defensive Rebound %
10.6%
 
Total Rebound %
6.6%
 
Assist %
15.2%
 
Steal %
2.3%
 
Block %
2.2%
 
Turnover %
11.7%
 
Usage %
19.7%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
24.7
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.9
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Shot improving
GOrlando Magic
December 3, 2023
Suggs' three-point shooting has climbed to a career-best 36.9 percent on 4.4 attempts this season, including 41.3 percent on his catch-and-shoot attempts.
ANALYSIS
Suggs hit 34.8 percent of his catch-and-shoot threes and only 32.7 percent of his threes overall last season, but he's improved perennially throughout his three seasons in the league thus far. The 22-year-old is running significantly less pick-and-roll compared to his first two seasons, instead operating in a spot-up role for Orlando -- likely indicative of his archetype moving forward. Although it isn't the flashiest ceiling for the former No.5 overall pick, Suggs' 3-and-D skillset is blossoming, combined with his plus-athleticism.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2021
The No. 5 pick out of Gonzaga last season, Suggs' rookie campaign was mostly disappointing. Injuries limited him to 48 games (45 starts), which didn't help his case, but his play when available was a mixed bag at best. Things were bad out of the gate, with Suggs' first 13 games resulting in a 31.2 percent mark from the field and the same number of turnovers as assists. But throwing away those games only results in 11.9 points on 38/22/75 shooting, 4.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 26.9 minutes per game for the remainder of the year. The bad is obvious - his efficiency was awful. However, looking past that, there are signs that Suggs can have a strong sophomore season. He cut down his turnovers after his first 13 games (down to 2.8 per game). He also got to the free-throw line 3.4 times in his 26.9 minutes - a nice mark considering his overall workload and usage. Plus, his combined 1.8 steals-plus-blocks is a strong tally as well. Of course, much of that won't matter if he doesn't improve efficiency to adequate levels. That will have to be the focus of Suggs' sophomore season, especially since he'll likely have the ball in his hands less often than he did as a rookie. Markelle Fultz will be healthy, and No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero will need his share of the rock as a playmaker. Small forward Franz Wagner has also flashed some playmaking potential. It seems as if Orlando will run an egalitarian offense fueled on cuts and ball movement. That will keep Suggs involved, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect any sort of high-level assist production consistently. While Suggs should exceed his rank of 180th in per-game production he posted last season, he's probably still a late-round flier come draft day.
The dynamic guard helped lead Gonzaga to the National Championship Game behind averages of 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals to go with a 50-34-75 shooting line. The three-point and free-throw percentages are somewhat concerning, but Suggs has a smooth-looking jumpshot that should improve with time. Other than Cade Cunningham, Suggs projects as the most well-rounded fantasy player in the class - especially if his high steal rate translates to the next level. Suggs joins a Magic roster in dire need of a player with true star potential. Cole Anthony had an encouraging rookie year and Markelle Fultz was looking better before tearing his ACL, but Suggs is immediately the top asset for a team loaded with cast-offs and theoretical three-and-D wings. It will be interesting to see how Orlando handles the Suggs-Anthony pairing, but Suggs' ability to play both guard spots is a significant mark in his favor. With the Magic mired into a multi-year rebuild and destined for the lottery again in 2022, Suggs is in as good of a stat-producing position as any rookie in the class. In three Summer League appearances, Suggs fared well, putting up 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 block in just 21.8 minutes per game.
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Starts second half
GOrlando Magic
April 22, 2024
Suggs (knee) started the second half of Monday's Game 2 against the Cavaliers, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Questionable to return
GOrlando Magic
Knee
April 22, 2024
Suggs has been diagnosed with a left knee strain and is questionable to return to Monday's Game 2 against Cleveland.
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Helped off court
GOrlando Magic
Leg
April 22, 2024
Suggs needed assistance to get off the court during Monday's Game 2 against the Cavaliers after appearing to suffer a left leg injury, Jason Beede of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Solid outing in loss
GOrlando Magic
April 11, 2024
Suggs recorded 18 points (6-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), three rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 117-99 loss to Milwaukee.
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Strong two-way effort in loss
GOrlando Magic
April 9, 2024
Suggs ended with 21 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals across 29 minutes during Tuesday's 118-106 loss to the Rockets.
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