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Reggie Jackson is a professional basketballer who plays in the point guard position for the Detroit Pistons. An NBA veteran, Jackson turned pro way back in 2011 when he got drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder and after 4 successful seasons with the side, he joined the Pistons in 2015. The talented player also boasts of 3 years of college basketball at Boston College after which he declared for the 2011 NBA Draft.
Biography – Reggie Jackson of the NBA
Reginald Shon Jackson was born on April 16, 1990, in Pordenone, a municipality in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy. His parents, Sharon and Saul Jackson are both US citizens, however, his father was on military duty at a NATO airbase in that area at the time of his birth. The family later moved to England before eventually returning to the United States when Reggie was 5 years of age. The Jacksons moved around several US cities before eventually setting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Reggie Jackson completed his high school education at General William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs graduating in 2008. He was a standout basketball player in high school and among other highlights was named the 2007–08 Gatorade Colorado Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year as a senior.
Jackson chose Boston College and played there in the three years of his collegiate basketball career. He was mainly used as a substitute in his first season with the Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team, however, he earned a starting role as a sophomore. To cap off his high school career, he recorded a team-leading 18.2 scoring average per game in his junior season, a performance which earned him first-team All-ACC honors.
Reggie Jackson entered the 2011 NBA Draft where he was picked in the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 24th overall selection. The talented player, however, got limited playing time in his rather uneventful rookie year as he was the No. 3 point guard on the Oklahoma City Thunder depth chart for the 2011-12 season. His performance improved steadily in the seasons that followed as he earned more playing time.
The 2013-14 regular season was Jackson’s most productive season with the Thunders as he averaged 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a career-high 1.1 steals per game in 80 total appearances. Though he maintained his top form for the team into the 2014-15 season, Jackson was traded mid-season to the Detroit Pistons in February 2015.
Jackson blended easily with the Pistons team as he earned regular playing time for the remainder of the season. He made history as the first Pistons player in 17 years to record multiple triple-doubles in one season. In 27 total appearances with the Pistons for the 2014-15 regular season, the NBA star averaged 17.6 points and career-highs of 4.7 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game. He signed a 5-year contract extension with the Pistons in July 2015.
The 2015-2016 season was equally productive for Reggie Jackson and the Pistons. He started in all 79 appearances for the season finishing with a career-high 18.8 points per game. He helped the team make it to the 2016 NBA Playoffs, their first since 2009, however, the team lost in the first round by eventual champions Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jackson’s impressive run with the Pistons got derailed by an injury incurred at the start of the 2016-17 season which had him sidelined for the first 21 games of the season. He returned to action for the team on December 4, 2016, and he finished the season with 14.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in 42 total appearances. Sadly, he was also sidelined by an injury for a great part of the following 2017-18 season. He featured in 45 games finishing with a scoring average of 14.6 points and 2.8 rebounds.
Getting signed to the NBA is definitely a sure path to a lifetime of affluence and Reggie Jackson is no exception to this fact. The veteran NBA point guard has enjoyed lucrative contracts throughout his long-running career in addition to several other bankable ventures. Jackson’s net worth is currently pegged at a conservative estimate of $10 million.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Reggie Jackson is 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm) in height. He maintains a body weight of 94 kg (208 lbs). The veteran guard has proven to be a crucial piece to the offense of the Oklahoma City Thunder, however, his future in the NBA largely depends on his ability to stay healthy.