The Detroit Pistons over the last couple of years have become one of the promising teams in the Eastern Conference. The front office has put together a roster full of talented young players. However, it appears that the Pistons will be without the services of Reggie Jackson for an extended period of time.
“It’s a significant amount of time,” Van Gundy told reporters on Saturday. “He’s played a lot of games and a lot of minutes. He has a good confidence in [this procedure] — nothing is forever, but that’s something that worked really for him before. I think he feels good about it.”
Jackson is currently dealing with tendinitis in his left knee that will likely keep him out for six to eight weeks and will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection on Monday. His first full season with the Pistons saw him put together a productive campaign averaging a team-high 18.8 points while leading the team to their first playoff berth since the 2008-09 season. He has quickly jumped into the primary scorer role that has shown he can excel in.
His loss will leave a huge void for the Pistons, but the team has a potential short-term answer in Ish Smith, who they signed to a three-year, $18 million deal this past offseason. Smith proved to be a capable point guard after being acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers last season averaging 14.7 points with 7.0 assists in 32.4 per game in 50 games played all as a starter. He should be able to bridge the gap while Jackson recovers from his injury.