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Detroit Pistons Draft Dreams: Reggie Jackson

Boston College guard Reggie Jackson  hasn’t hired an agent and his name has been everywhere from mid first round to late first round to early second round in mock drafts. He’s not the biggest name out there, but if he stays in and somehow falls, he’d be a fantastic pick for the Pistons with the first of their second rounders.

Info

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, junior G from Boston College

Key stats: 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from three

Projected: Late first/early second round

How would he help the Pistons?

A big guard with the ability to play the point who shot 50 percent overall and over 40 percent from three? Sign me up. I actually have no idea why Jackson isn’t considered a lock for the first round right now.

He is a long-armed and athletic player who can shoot and who has point guard ability, although BC needed him to do a lot of scoring for them. He’d represent great value for the Pistons if he fell to them early in the second round and I see no downside to taking him if he stays in the draft and that happens. The project big men who might be hanging around in the second round are nice, but I’d much rather take my chances on a player like Jackson developing with his size and shooting ability than hope that a skinny four-year center like Keith Benson or JaJuan Johnson not only develops, but can add enough weight to make a NBA rotation. I like both of those guys, but I think the odds heavily favor a player like Jackson, who wouldn’t have the added pressure of needing to bulk up just to be able to get on the court.

How wouldn’t he help the Pistons?

Well, the first reason he wouldn’t help them is he probably won’t be there. As I said, I can’t imagine that in a weak draft, a PG prospect like Jackson won’t move into the first round.

The only real downside to drafting him would mean the Pistons would have tougher roster decisions to make. They’d essentially have to choose between keeping Jackson and Terrico White, since it would be unlikely the team would carry two young, unproven PG prospects. If they took Jackson and he proves to have some potential during camp to play and help the team, they’d also have to make a decision on Rodney Stuckey. Competition from players behind him, whether that would be a player like White or Jackson or incumbent backup Will Bynum, would mean Stuckey would either see decreased minutes or they’d have to clear minutes at SG for hm. I don’t think any of those scenarios are necessarily bad things, but taking a guard like Jackson makes the roster more complex than just taking a big man and throwing him into the mix.

What are others saying?

From DraftExpress:

Much of Jackson’s development since last season can be attributed to the way he utilizes his athleticism. Standing 6’3 with a giant wingspan, but an underdeveloped frame, Jackson has excellent size for a point guard, and while he does a lot of scoring at the college level, he has the makings of a potential floor general on the NBA level if he improves his ability to orchestrate an offense. He took a big step towards that end by learning how to play at different speeds, something that he didn’t do effectively last season. That change has allowed him to cut down on his mistakes considerably, yielding his impressive 2.9 assists-to-turnover ratio. Slowing the game down and using his excellent quickness to exploit seams within the flow of the offense instead of using it to force action, Jackson has looked terrific in the open floor and in most half court situations early this season.

From ESPN:

Jackson is one of the true sleepers in this year’s draft. He’s coming off a terrific season at Boston College where he averaged 18 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4.3 rpg and shot an impressive 42 percent from three. He’s long, athletic, has great quickness, can run a team and shoot the basketball. Those types of players are typically lottery picks at the end of the day. Scouts have been a little bit slower on the uptake with Jackson, but every NBA team I spoke with has him as a solid first-round pick. A few have him in the lottery. He’s also the type that could really rise with terrific workouts. I expect he’ll stay in the draft.

From NBADraft.net:

It all starts with Jackson’s arms. Despite being 6’3, his incredible 7 foot wingspan allows him to play significantly taller … Good foot speed and length make Jackson a terrific defender.

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8 Comments

  • Apr 29, 201111:10 am
    by Marvin Jones

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    As you stated, the Pistons already have an unknown quantity in backup PG White and he’s a legit 6’5 with elite athleticism, why bring in another unknown at the same position.  I’d much rather take a chance on a big man than keep piling up players at positions we’re already fairly deep at.

    • Apr 29, 201111:43 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Marvin:

      Jackson isn’t really an unknown. ESPN has him in the top 15 in their mock. Other places have him late first round.

      There are a couple of differences between he and White: Jackson is currently a point guard, while White wasn’t a PG in college; Jackson had a phenomenal junior season, White underachieved; White is coming off an injury and didn’t play at all as a rookie, Jackson is healthy.

      I’m not saying the Pistons should definitely take him (although they should heavily consider it if he falls to them in the second round, which I don’t think he will). But Terrico White’s presence shouldn’t be a factor in deciding to take him or not take him. White is a longshot to make the roster next year. Many second round picks only get a season to prove they’re worthy of a roster spot. The injury sucked for White, who still might be a good player, but he’ll need a really good camp to stick I would guess.

      • Apr 29, 201112:47 pm
        by Marvin Jones

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        You say many 2nd rd picks only get a season to show their stuff, well this would be his season. Plus he’s been around the team and practiced with the team which means they should have a good feel for what he can do. He has a 40 in vertical and a 6’9 wingspan and according to Draft Express he is a good defender. I just don’t see why you’d bring in another rookie at that position when you already have White and he came very hightly touted plus he’s ahead on the learning curve because of his red shirt year. Use that 33rd pick on another big, preferably a shot blocker, going forward that’s what we need.

        • Apr 29, 20111:42 pm
          by Patrick Hayes

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          I wouldn’t bring him in just to bring him in. I’d bring him in if I thought he was an upgrade, which I do. And I think if he dipped to the second round, that would be incredible value. He’s really good. How many high major guards shoot 50 percent and 40 percent on 3s?

          • Apr 29, 20112:14 pm
            by Marvin Jones

            I’ve been going back to before White was drafted and reading articles about him and I mean he was really touted as a 1st rd talent, just needed to be more aggressive. I just don’t see how RJ is assurdly an upgrade, maybe but definitely? I just think Joe’s vision was to pair Rodney and Terrico in the backcourt with both being capable PGs, both being good defenders with Stuckeys strength and Terricos athleticism and letting the situation dictate which one would be looking to score and which one would be the set up man, now you throw Monroe, Daye and Jerebko in there and you have a big lineup with a lot of versatility and that’s just what Joe has said he wanted.

  • Apr 29, 201112:18 pm
    by vic

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    Reggie does sound pretty intriguing… good write up. I knew nothing about him before, now I do. He’d be cool.

    But if I was Joe D, I would want to see evidence of his passing ability… I think the Pistons need high court vision passers as pgs rather than more scoring guards. That is unless they are all-star potential. (Irving, Knight, Kemba)

    I still like Darius Morris as a pg, because he has length and was a top rated passer. #5 in the NCAA regular season.

    Even Isaiah Thomas showed a high assist rate this year, even though he’s pretty small. Isaiah Thomas could be the most underrated PG in this draft. He showed elite passing and scoring skills.

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/statistics/player/_/stat/assists/sort/avgAssists

    Thanks for adding Reggie Jackson to the discussion… If he’s a potential star, I’m all for it. But if he’s a role player, we need to see him play the role of a passer, in my opinion.

  • Apr 29, 20116:17 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    He would be a very good second round pick if the Pistons go for a big man at #7 in the first round assuming the order stays as expected.

  • Apr 30, 20118:09 am
    by sop

    Reply

    Write about Jordan Williams.

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