Season So Far Recap/Notes: All star break. Reggie Jackson

This is essentially going to be the exact same as the game recaps, but instead it will be for the season so far. I don't know if each player will get his own post or not. I was going to do them all in one but it got hella long so year. One thing that was a theme for this Pistons team was the sheer number of question marks on the team. Every guy on the team came in this year in a new role, a new team, or both. So I will touch on that with each player with a "Best answer" as in a good thing they have shown this year that we did not know coming in. And a "Biggest question" for a question that still needs to be answered. One last caveat for this. With respect to individual players, there are strong opinions, if someone says they don't like your favorite player don't get hostile. Discuss. That's the whole point.

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Season Stats.

Shot chart.

Reggie Jackson: It has not been a total and complete roaring success for Reggie in his first full season as the man running the show for the Pistons. But its pretty stinking close. He is on a new team (the Pistons look very different this year from last year) in a new role and doing new things. He is relied on to an almost comical extent to run the offense and has a very high usage rate, and he has come out of it with very respectable numbers on pretty much all accounts. His usage rate is 18th in the NBA which does not seem that impressive (although is still high) but that does not take into account plays where he has to do all the set up but does not get an assist, bucket, or turnover. (So for instance, Anthony Davis is ahead of him by just a bit in usage rate. But a lot of his usage rate is setting a screen and then fading for a pick and pop. Which is not actually all that hard to do. Reggie running 3 straight PnRs with Andre in one possession and then kicking it out to Ersan who then pumps and drives to another kick out to KCP who hits a 3 does not count towards Reggie's usage rate even though he was the creator of the play) He has had some up and down to his game this year and the downs have kept it from being a total and complete success, but I am still hugely impressed. Think about it like this, In Jackson's last season in OKC, his most played lineup was him, Anthony Morrow, Andre Roberson, Kendrick "Moving Screen" Perkins, and Steven Adams. Roberson can shoot but nothing else, Roberson and Perkins are almost total zeros on offense, and Adams made a huge leap as a PnR big man this season. (on a side note, whenever people say that Reggie has a history of hero ball I think of that lineup and think to myself "lol and your point is what?") When he was not asked to play hero ball with a bench chocked full of crappy offensive players, he was asked to essentially stand in the corner and watch Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook destroy people. This is the first time in his NBA career he is truly being asked to play point guard, and he is putting up the best numbers of his career, not just overall, but in efficiency, and per 36 minutes, in damn near every category. Plus he is still totally capable of being a effective hero baller and is evidenced by his being tied with Steph Curry for clutch points and doing it on better efficiency and greater volume. That is hugely impressive and is good back up to SVG saying that one of the reasons they felt comfortable signing Reggie to the contract was because they felt that he was the type of guy who would not change and would be motivated to work even harder with the new contract. It is true that he has a huge benefit of getting to play next to Andre Drummond, but he has taken good advantage of all the opening created by Drummond. Also, to all the people making fun of the Reggie for not being able to shoot, you can suck on his 37% shooting from deep. He has some improving and learning to do still, but he has given nothing but hope that he will only get better. Reggie Jackson is awesome, and is the best PG the Pistons have had since Chauncey, and he may well actually be better by the time all is said and done. Every fan should be thrilled to have him. ALMOST FORGOT DEFENSE SORRY. Literally was about to post this when I forgot defense. He has occasionally been very good, occasionally been very bad. His size bothers people and he knows how to leverage it. Overall he comes out as a slight positive on defense I would say, due to him being capable of turning it up when needed and becoming a real beast. (And with his offensive load there is no way he could do that all the time.)

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Best Answer? He can shoot. He will never be among the elite shooting PGs of the world who cause terror coming off of screens because he does not have a quick enough trigger. But he can shoot, and that was easily the biggest question for him coming in. And he answered resoundingly.

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Biggest Question? How far will he improve? As I said he is doing something totally new this season. With respect to that, he will likely improve his ability to play point guard over the rest of this year and next. But how big will it be? Will he get comfortable enough with everyone else that he becomes a maestro of the floor who perfectly knows where the openings will be and when to attack them? Or will he just kind of throw a few more good passes and a few less bad ones? Even if he does not improve much it is ok, but with some more experience here he could push into the Lowry, Curry, Westbrook, Paul elite point guard club.

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What do you think? Think Reggie will bust into the top tier? Give your own thoughts on his season so far!

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PSA: Try not to stray into conversation about the other players here, they will get their own posts.