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 Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images) /

3. March 29, 2016 — Reggie’s OKC Revenge

Despite just 4-of-15 shooting and 14 points, Jackson earned his sweet revenge against his former team. He was emphatically pumping up the Motor City crowd and finished off the Thunder with eight of the final 11 Pistons points. Kevin Durant, who rested in this particular game, had some choice words for his former teammate.

Jackson was adamant that he deserved a larger role on his former Thunder team that included Russell Westbrook, Durant and James Harden. His premise had validity, as he thrived in scarce opportunities that he received from the Thunder in crucial moments. However, he eventually requested a trade — resulting in a sour relationship between the former teammates. He didn’t have the utmost success against OKC, but this moment was definitely one to never forget.

2. April 22, 2019 — Ferocious put back one-handed slam

Jackson scored 20-of-26 points in first half of a Game 4 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks in last year’s opening round of the NBA Playoffs. With roughly nine seconds left in the first half, Jackson received the ball and burst up court to find Langston Galloway for an open 3. The shot clanked off and out of nowhere, the 6-foot-3 Jackson skyrocketed towards the rim and ignited the crowd for a 62-56 halftime lead. It was one of very few bright spots in the playoffs last year for Detroit, and Jackson had Little Caesars Arena rocking. His one-handed flush capped off a 20-point first half, 26 for the game and a definite top-shelf moment in Jackson memories.

1. Nov. 8, 2015 — 40 points against the Portland Trail Blazers

Jackson set a career-high with 40 points, including 26 in the fourth, in a 120-103 thrilling comeback victory over Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers. Jackson was an automatic bucket, a sizzling 16 for 25 from the field, and led the Pistons back from an 18-point deficit. At one point in the fourth quarter, Jackson ripped off 16 straight Pistons points. The 26 points in a quarter tied a franchise mark set by Will Bynum. This was one of the most epic comebacks in recent Pistons history and the most memorable Jackson moment in his tenure in Detroit.

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Detroit gifted a Boston College product a chance. That’s all Jackson desired. Not many Pistons players can successfully represent the number one, but Jackson certainly did so.

It will be vastly intriguing to watch the impact he will have with the Los Angeles Clippers. Once again he will come off the bench, a role he was familiar with in Oklahoma City. He reunites with former Piston Marcus Morris, along with a loaded roster of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams.

Jackson bolsters the Clippers’ chances of a coveted NBA championship and will be truly missed by all Pistons fans. “Detroit will forever hold a special place in my heart,” Jackson said in a farewell message via Instagram.

So with that, Reggie, we thank you for the memories you graciously gave the city of Detroit.

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