Jalen Suggs

Jalen Suggs

21-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2022 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$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. Contract includes $9.19 million team option for 2024-25.
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.

Handed one-game ban
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Suspension
February 4, 2023
The NBA announced Saturday that Suggs has received a one-game suspension without pay for his role in an on-court altercation that occurred in Friday's 127-120 win over the Timberwolves.
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Suggs was one of three players suspended as a result of the incident that occurred with 1:32 remaining in third quarter of Friday's contest. The altercation occurred when the Timberwolves' Austin Rivers verbally addressed the Magic's Mo Bamba, who left the bench and threw punches. Rivers retaliated by throwing punches of his own, and the NBA determined that Suggs escalated the altercation by "aggressively grabbing" Rivers around the neck and pulling him to the floor. Bamba and Rivers received four- and three-game bans, respectively, and Suggs will join Bamba in street clothes for Sunday's contest in Charlotte. Suggs will return to action against the Knicks on Tuesday, when the Magic open a three-game week.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Might be target for Toronto
GOrlando Magic
February 7, 2023
Suggs could be part of a trade with the Raptors that would bring Fred VanVleet to Orlando, Matt Moore of Action Network reports.
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The Magic apparently view VanVleet as the kind of veteran player who could help take an otherwise young roster to the next level, while the Raptors will need a replacement at point guard for FVV. Given Suggs' age and contract, and the fact that VanVleet can become a free agent this offseason, there would have to be more to the package on the Toronto end of the trade to make it work, but adding the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to play alongside the fourth overall pick in that draft and reigning Rookie of the Year, Scottie Barnes, would likely hold a great deal of appeal for the Raptors.
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
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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Ejected Friday vs. Minnesota
GOrlando Magic
February 3, 2023
Suggs was one of five players ejected Friday against Minnesota.
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Career-high five steals off bench
GOrlando Magic
February 1, 2023
Suggs logged 11 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists and career-high five steals in 26 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 105-94 loss to the 76ers.
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Poor production continues in loss
GOrlando Magic
January 27, 2023
Suggs supplied three points (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 17 minutes during Friday's 110-105 loss to Miami.
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Will play Friday
GOrlando Magic
January 13, 2023
Coach Jamahl Mosley said Suggs (ankle) is "good to go" for Friday's game versus Utah, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Questionable against Utah
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Ankle
January 12, 2023
Suggs is questionable for Friday's game versus the Jazz due to right ankle soreness.
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