Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson likely doesn’t need surgery for the tendinitis in his left knee, but head coach Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday Jackson could miss six-to-eight weeks, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News. Marc Stein of ESPN reported earlier Wednesday that the team was fearing an extended absence and that the search is on for point-guard help.
Detroit withheld Jackson from Tuesday’s practice due to the tendinitis. The Pistons had been limiting the guard to just one practice during their two-a-day sessions because of the knee problems.
Jackson explained to the media that he has been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee for years, yet he has only missed a total of 10 games over the last three seasons. Including the playoffs, he played a career-high 83 games last season.
“That’s something I’ve dealt with since I got into the league,” he said, according to MLive.com. “If people backtrack, I got an operation in 2011. But it’s just taking care of it, maintaining it.”
Jackson averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 43.4 percent in 79 regular season games last season. His points and assists per game totals were both career-highs, as well as his 30.7 minutes per contest. In four postseason outings against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 26-year-old averaged 14.3 points per game while shooting 45.5 percent, but he went very cold from downtown, shooting just 16.7 percent from behind the three-point line.
The Pistons acquired the veteran point guard from the Oklahoma City Thunder at the trade deadline in February 2015. Oklahoma City originally selected him with the 24th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Last summer, Jackson signed a five-year, $80 million deal to stay in the Motor City.
With Jackson out, Ish Smith will take on a larger role:
#Pistons SVG: "I feel comfortable with Ish (Smith)" at starting PG.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) October 5, 2016
Lorenzo Brown and Ray McCallum have been battling for the third point-guard spot, and now perhaps the Pistons will add a more proven option as Jackson recovers.