Paul George, Lou Williams explain how Reggie Jackson makes the game easier for the Clippers
Jackson gives the Clippers another ball-handler in the backcourt and a guy who can create his own shot off the dribble.
More importantly though, Jackson’s arrival to Los Angeles has allowed the Clippers to move Williams back to the two guard spot where he can focus on what he does best: scoring the basketball.
“He takes me off the ball,” Williams said, via The Athletic. “I don’t have to be ball-dominant when he’s in that group. He takes a lot of pressure off of me. I play my natural position of the 2. We just play off of each other. Good energy.”
“And I think for Lou, Lou can just be a scorer,” George added of his new Clippers teammate. “He doesn’t have to worry about playmaking. Lou’s just so good at playmaking that he finds ways to get people shots. But he doesn’t have that pressure to do it with Reggie in that unit with him. So I think it makes Lou more comfortable just being a scorer and playing that role for us.”
Through five games with the Clippers, Jackson is averaging 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 19.8 minutes. He’s shooting 53.1 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from beyond the arc and a perfect 100 percent from the free-throw line.
The Clippers are 41-19 on the season. They are in second place in the Western Conference standings.