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Pistons coach Dwane Casey expects Reggie Jackson to ‘hit the ground running once camp starts’

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Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey expects starting point guard Reggie Jackson to “hit the ground running once camp starts” since he didn’t have to deal with an injury this summer.

Jackson has dealt with injuries in the last two offseasons. This summer, however, the Pistons guard was healthy and is primed for a big season in a contract year.

“No question. Last year, all the medical people said it was going to be like January before he bounced back and, lo and behold, before he really started playing it was January,” Casey told Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. “The toe thing this summer (Jackson had a toenail removed) was very minor, but he’s had an excellent summer, a full summer, which the last couple of years he hasn’t had and so he will hit the ground running once camp starts.”

Reggie Jackson played in all 82 games last season for the Pistons. He put up 15.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 42.1 percent overall, 36.9 percent from the 3-point line and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Jackson will make $18.1 million in 2019-20 and enter unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2020. Players usually perform well in contract years so they can get paid in the offseason. The Pistons are hoping Jackson plays at an All-Star level and leads them past the first round of the playoffs.