Reggie Jackson had his best year as a professional last year with the Detroit Pistons. After departing Oklahoma City for the Motor City, he formed a potent tandem with Andre Drummond. The athletic point guard and promising big man developed instant chemistry.
He averaged 18 points, six assists and three rebounds in 30 minutes a game last season. He and Big Dre led Detroit back to the postseason where they hung very tough with the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Many observers are expecting a better record than their 44-38 performance last year. But, time will tell if those predictions can be made real because Jackson will miss part of the season with tendinitis in his left knee.
The Pistons are exploring options for a placeholder while their point guard gets healthy. Here are the three names that could help the most in the interim:
KryptoNate has not been seen in the NBA for a couple of seasons but we all remember his exploits in the Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. He is a scoring guard first and foremost and demonstrates a knack for putting the ball in the basket despite his small stature.
If we remember, back in 2013, Robinson was a key part of the Chicago Bulls’ postseason run. Including dramatic performances against the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat.
Despite some more mileage accumulated since that point he could be a solid substitute for a couple of months.
Kirk Hinrich is really the safest choice here because he knows his limitations and plays within himself at all times. At one time, Captain Kirk was known as a defencive specialist. Those days are gone but he can still hold his own on that end of the court.
As the leader of a team, he commands offences well and looks to make plays that get his teammates in easy position to score the basketball.
He is now a veteran so there is no real worry about him being a locker room concern and could provide perspective for the young members of Detroit’s bench.
He has remained a shooter who is by no means prolific, but, must be accounted for on the perimeter. He should fit in well with the pick and roll based attack that Stan Van Gundy is trying to run up in Michigan.
Super Mario Chalmers is the definition of a wild card. You simply do not know what you are going to get on a night to night basis from the former Kansas Jayhawk. He has one of the biggest senses of self-confidence that we have ever seen on a basketball court.
This led to the memorable “Mario Chalmers Game” in the fourth game of the 2012 NBA Finals. He scored 25 points and helped steady the team while LeBron James dealt with leg cramps.
But, for every outing like that, the point guard will have one plagued with head scratching mistakes.
The term high risk/high reward seems apt when discussing him as a replacement. Whoever they choose, it better be fast. The season is almost here.