Pistons guard Reggie Jackson has high expectations for the 2016-17 campaign, and says Detroit will be a scary opponent next season.
"I think we’ll be scary this year" – Reggie Jackson on @DetroitPistons
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) September 13, 2016
Jackson is happy with the front-office’s work this summer, and helped organize offseason workouts to get the newcomers up-to-speed.
The 26-year-old enters his second full season in Motown, and he’s ready to assume a leadership role.
Per the team website:
“I’m impressed,” Reggie Jackson said after a pre-training camp scrimmage with Stan Van Gundy’s newly assembled roster that includes free-agent acquisitions Ish Smith, Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic and draft picks Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije. “I feel like we’ve gotten overlooked because people don’t necessarily think we’ve made some great” – and here Jackson makes air quotes with his hands – “with the emphasis on the quotes, off-season moves. But I think, for our team, we had some great pickups.”
Jackson spent the bulk of his off-season training in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and was one of the ringleaders in organizing this summer’s team activity. After spending a week in Las Vegas training with MMA fighters last year, the Pistons amassed this summer for a week in Malibu, working out together during the days and playing pickup games on Pepperdine’s campus in the evenings.
“I think people are looking for huge names and that’s not necessarily what Detroit’s ever done,” he said. “We do it collectively. We don’t need anyone to believe in us. We’ll still find a way. But I think we shored up our second unit and added some more versatility and some more depth. I think we’ll be scary this year. But you know what? I don’t want to talk about it too much. We’ll let the season speak for itself.”