Detroit Pistons’ point guard Reggie Jackson has been officially listed as out for the next six-to-eight weeks due to not only left knee tendonitis, which has required a PRP injection, but also a sprained right thumb. The Pistons will go forth with point guard Ish Smith to begin the season.
Since having been acquired by the Pistons during the 2014-2015 season, Jackson has started all 106 games he has played with Detroit. The move brought him over from the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he was backing up point guard Russell Westbrook. In his four season with Oklahoma City, he averaged 21.1 minutes per game and has since seen that average rocket up to 31.1 minutes since joining the Pistons.
The reins have been taking off Jackson, who was constricted in his previous role, and is now averaging 18.5 points and seven assists per game in his tenure with Detroit. He shot a career-high 35.3 percent from three-point range last season and averaged 15.7 shot attempts per game, in addition to his propensity to dish the ball off.
Selected in the first-round of the 2011 NBA Draft out of Boston College, the 26-year-old signed a five-year, $80 million extension in July 2015 to keep him in Detroit. The Pistons were swept out of the first-round last season by the eventual NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, but Jackson would average 14.3 points and 9.3 assists in the four games.
The Pistons open their season on Oct. 26 against the Toronto Raptors. It appears Jackson will be out until around the end of November or beginning of December, leaving the newly acquired point guard duo of Smith and Ray McCallum to handle the duties in the meantime.