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Top Jalen Smith News

  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Dominates inside

    Smith finished with 19 points (9-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 14 rebounds and one assist over 33 minutes during Thursday's 106-89 win over the Clippers.

    A prolific rebounder, Smith gobbled up eight offensive boards and overmatched an undersized Marcus Morris and a 32-year-old Serge Ibaka. The absence of DeAndre Ayton (COVID-19 protocols) allowed Smith to showcase his prowess on the glass and some crafty moves around the basket. Although Ayton is likely to return Saturday against the Heat, Smith is a name to remember.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Will get back on court

    Smith (head) will return to Tuesday's game against the Pelicans, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

    Smith caught an elbow to the head. However, he's seemingly avoided any concussion symptoms and will return to the game.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Heads to locker room

    Smith was hit with an elbow during the second quarter of Tuesday's game against the Pelicans and went to the locker room, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

    The extent of the injury isn't clear. He should be considered questionable to return.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Double-double in start

    Smith provided 19 points (8-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds and two blocks across 24 minutes during Sunday's 133-99 win over the Hornets.

    Smith started for the second game in a row with Deandre Ayton (COVID-19) sidelined and delivered another impressive outing. The second-year big man has decent upside while Ayton remains out and is taking advantage of the opportunity, with two double-doubles over his last three contests. He has also scored in double digits in each one of those aforementioned three games.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Plays well in start

    Smith posted 19 points (7-9 FG, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds and one block in 27 minutes during Friday's 123-108 loss to the Suns.

    Smith got the second start of his career and had arguably his best performance in the NBA. He's been rarely used since being drafted but was thrust into a bigger role with both Deandre Ayton and JaVale McGee in protocols. If he can continue to play well in the short term, it could lead to more minutes in the future.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Starting Friday

    Smith will start Friday's matchup against the Celtics, Kellan Olson of reports.

    With Deandre Ayton and JaVale McGee in protocols and Frank Kaminsky (knee) also out, coach Monty Williams will opt to give Smith just the second start of his career. The No. 10 overall pick from 2020 has only appeared in 40 NBA games for a total of 298 minutes mostly due to coach's decision. In the three games that he's seen at least 20 minutes this season, he's averaged 11.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Posts double-double from bench

    Smith provided 11 points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 14 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 115-97 victory over the Thunder.

    It's all hands on deck for big men on the Suns' roster while Deandre Ayton (COVID-19 Protocols) sits, and Smith has shown up in a big way for Phoenix. The 2020 first-round pick has logged 26 points and 23 rebounds over the past two games, and although JaVale McGee will likely draw the starts in Ayton's absence, Smith has come close to matching his teammate's production.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Effective off bench in loss

    Smith closed Monday's 114-113 loss to the Grizzlies with 15 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), nine rebounds and one steal over 29 minutes.

    Smith received an extended run due to Deandre Ayton's (COVID-19 protocols) absence, a clear sign that we should see more of Smith this week. It's been a frustrating season for Smith, as various injuries and illnesses have kept him from action. The Suns also declined his third-year rookie option, which signaled a potential departure in the offseason. Right now, the Suns need all the help they can get up front, so Smith's fantasy value is at its zenith this week.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Cleared to play

    Smith (illness) is available Thursday against the Wizards, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

    Smith has missed the past two games due to an illness. Even though he's available Thursday, he may not play. Smith is a fringe rotation option, as he's appeared in just eight games this season with averages of 3.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 7.1 minutes.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Out again Tuesday

    Smith (non-COVID illness) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports.

    Smith will miss his second straight game with the illness. With Smith ruled out and Deandre Ayton (non-COVID illness) listed as questionable, JaVale McGee could be in store for another heavy workload against Portland.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Won't play Monday

    Smith (illness) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Clippers, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.

    Smith landed on the team's injury report due to a non-COVID-19-related illness and will miss Monday's matchup while returning to full strength. With Deandre Ayton (illness), Frank Kaminsky (out) and Dario Saric (knee) all out, expect JaVale McGee and Cameron Johnson to see a heavy workload in Los Angeles.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Lands on injury report with illness

    Smith is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Clippers with a non-COVID-19-related illness, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

    A bug may be passing around the Phoenix locker room, as Deandre Ayton is also listed as questionable for Monday's contest after sitting out Friday's 111-90 win over the Celtics due to a non-COVID-19-related illness. While Ayton was out, JaVale McGee started at center, but Smith cracked the rotation for one of the few times all season and provided seven points (3-8 FG, 1-6 3Pt), nine rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes. Even if Smith is upgraded to available ahead of Monday's game against the Clippers, the status of Ayton will ultimately decide whether Smith is included in the rotation again.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Third-year rookie option declined

    The Suns declined Smith's $4.7 million third-year rookie option Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    This is a pretty crushing indictment of how Smith's tenure in Phoenix has gone since the Suns made him the No. 10 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft -- two picks ahead of Tyrese Haliburton. Smith battled an ankle injury early last season and quickly fell out of favor, and he ended up appearing in just 27 contests. The Maryland product showed signs of improvement during the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League, but he's now seen the floor in only two of Phoenix's first five games. He'll still have the bulk of the season to prove himself, but the decision to decline the rookie option means Smith will be set to hit unrestricted free agency next summer.

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  • Suns' Jalen Smith: Double-double off bench

    Smith posted 13 points (5-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks and a steal in Monday's preseason opener against the Kings.

    The Suns got an extended look at the 2020 first-rounder, who saw a game-high 32 minutes of action as the backup to Deandre Ayton (12 minutes). Smith was a major disappointment as a rookie last season, but he had a strong showing in Summer League, and the hope is that he can eventually slot in as a reliable, No. 2 center. The Suns did sign JaVale McGee in free agency to provide some insurance, however.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-10, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Portsmouth, VA
Age: 21
Class: Freshman