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Stan Van Gundy expects better year from Reggie Jackson in 2016-17

Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson enjoyed a breakout 2015-16 season in the Motor City.

The Boston College standout was traded to the Pistons in his fourth season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he played backup to Russell Westbrook.

Jackson had career highs in scoring (18.8), assists (6.2), free throws (291) and three-pointers made (118) last season.

Despite the regular season success, the 6-foot-3 point guard struggled scoring in the first round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

By the numbers, the decline could be seen merely as a bad series matchup, but his lack of success was predicated on his inability to get to the foul line.

Jackson went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe over four games against the Eastern Conference number-one seed.

He knocked down 3.7 of 4.3 free-throw attempts per game (86.3%) in the regular season, explaining the scoring dip.

The Cavs shut down Jackson’s pick-and-roll game with center Andre Drummond — something he noticed while going over film in the offseason:

“It’s going to be a lot of watching film and figuring out how to attack defenses,” said Jackson to Keith Langlois of NBA.com. “First year of being a starter and guys now planning for you, so figuring out how teams are covering me.”

Head Coach Stan Van Gundy assured that Reggie Jackson is doing all the necessary things to take the team deeper into the playoffs this year:

“Reggie’s continued to just work on his body, work on his stamina, and continued to work on his shooting, where he made big gains last year,” said Van Gundy, who recently met with Jackson in Southern California. “He’s trying to do more.”

“We’ve had conversations. I think that he knows in different situations what he needs to do,” he added. “There’s not a whole lot you can do with that in your summer workouts on the court. There’s not enough people. But I think it’s certainly something he’s watched and thought about a great deal and when we get back in September and are able to start doing more stuff with guys – three-on-three, things like that – we can begin to work more on those things.”

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