Reggie Jackson is a professional basketball player who plays for the Detroit Pistons in the point guard position. An NBA veteran, Jackson turned pro again in 2011 when he was drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder. After four successful seasons on the team, he joined the Pistons in 2015. The talented player also boasts 3 years of college basketball at Boston College, after which he signed up for the 2011 NBA Draft.
Biography – Reggie Jackson of the NBA
Reginald Shon Jackson was born on April 16, 1990, in Pordenone, a community in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy. His parents, Sharon and Saul Jackson are both U.S. citizens, but his father was in military service at the time of his birth at a NATO airbase in the area. The family later moved to England before finally returning to the United States when Reggie was 5 years old. The Jacksons moved through several U.S. cities before finally settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Reggie Jackson completed his high school education in 2008 at General William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. He was an outstanding high school basketball player and was named Gatorade Colorado Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year 2007-08 as a senior.
Jackson chose Boston College and played there in the three years of his college basketball career. In his first season on the Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team, he was mainly used as a substitute, but by his second year, he earned a starting role. By the end of his high school career, he achieved a team-leading score of 18.2 goals per game in his junior season, a performance that earned him the All-ACC honors of the first team.
Reggie Jackson Pro Career
Reggie Jackson participated in the 2011 NBA Draft, where he was ranked 24th in the first round of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s overall selection. However, the talented player was given only limited playing time in his rather uneventful rookie year, as he was the number 3 point guard on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s deep rankings in the 2011-12 season. In the following seasons, his performance improved steadily as he earned more playing time.
The 2013-14 regular season was Jackson’s most productive season with the Thunders, averaging 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and a career-high of 1.1 steals per game on a total of 80 missions. Although he maintained his top form for the team into the 2014-15 season, Jackson was transferred to the Detroit Pistons in mid-season in February 2015.
Jackson fitted in well with the Pistons’ team as he was given regular playing time for the rest of the season. He made history when he became the first Pistons player in 17 years to score several triple-doubles in a single season. In a total of 27 appearances with the Pistons in the 2014-15 regular season, the NBA star averaged 17.6 points and career highlights of 4.7 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game. In July 2015 he signed a 5-year contract extension with the Pistons.
The 2015-2016 season was productive for Reggie Jackson and the Pistons alike. He started the season in a total of 79 events and finished it with a career-high of 18.8 points per game. He helped the team advance to the 2016 NBA playoffs, the first since 2009, but the team lost in the first round to eventual champions Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jackson’s impressive run at the Pistons was derailed by an injury he sustained at the start of the 2016-17 season that put him offside for the first 21 games of the season. On December 4, 2016, he returned to the team and finished the season with 14.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game in 42 games. Unfortunately, he was also marginalized for much of the following 2017-18 season due to injury. He played in 45 games and averaged 14.6 points and 2.8 rebounds.
Joining the NBA is definitely a sure path to lifelong prosperity, and Reggie Jackson is no exception. The veteran NBA point guard has received lucrative contracts during his long career, along with several other bankable companies. Jackson’s net worth is currently estimated at a conservative $10 million.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Reggie Jackson is 191 cm (6 feet 3 inches) tall. He has a bodyweight of 94 kg (208 lbs). The veteran guard has proven to be a crucial part of the Oklahoma City Thunder offensive, but his future in the NBA depends largely on his ability to stay healthy.