Thanks for the memories: Reggie Jackson’s top 10 Detroit Pistons moments

Detroit Pistons Reggie Jackson. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons Reggie Jackson. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Detroit Pistons Reggie Jackson. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Reggie Jackson lifted the Detroit Pistons to two playoff appearances. Now that he’s gone, here’s a look back on his top 10 moments as a Piston.

Through all the speculation, adversity and injuries, Reggie Jackson delivered a necessity as a member of the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons were in desperate need of a viable starting point guard and, since his arrival in 2014, Jackson solidified the position.

After being bought out, he’s back in a reserve role for the title-contending Los Angeles Clippers, we look back at the captured moments in a Piston uniform. Here’s the top 10 moments from Jackson’s five years in Detroit.

10. Jan. 30, 2020 — Bobby Shmurda Doppelgänger

As Jackson was shooting at the free throw line, Brooklyn Nets fans echoed “Bobby Shmurda.” Jackson’s doppelgänger is a Brooklyn-native, well-known hip hop artist and eclipsed the Billboard charts with his song “Hot *****.”  Jackson comically provoked the crowd with the “Shmoney Dance,” Shmurda’s hit song. He has always been linked to being Shmurda’s twin and this was yet another Pistons moment that had to make the list.

9. Feb. 22, 2015 — Debut Reggie

Jackson fills the stat sheet with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 106-89 rout of the Washington Wizards. After an atrocious 0-for-8 start, Jackson finished with a smoldering 7 for 10 from the field. He had a frenzy of floaters, lay-ins and assists that ignited the Palace crowd.

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In 27 games of the 2015 season, Jackson bolstered his career-best in minutes (32.2 PG), rebounds (4.7 PG) and assists (9.2 PG). The instant chemistry with his former teammates was well on display and kick started future success for Detroit in the following year.

8. Oct. 30, 2018 — A Prayer at the Garden

TD Garden is home to two historic franchises. When you think of Boston, you think of championships and utter dominance in the win column. A franchise like the Celtics will advantageously bring competitiveness and will from any visiting opponent. That’s exactly what Jackson provided the Celtics late in the first half of a tight game.

With six seconds left, Jackson attacked the right side and attempted to lure contact from a Celtic defender. After a controversial no-call, Jackson rifled a deep off-balanced prayer that dropped in with less than a second to go. He was clearly upset with the no-call, but the Pistons bench was thrilled with the acrobatics. Jackson was known to have an array of crafty, circus shots and this one was definitely a memorable one.