2 most disappointing players for the Detroit Pistons this season

Frank Jackson and Kelly Olynyk of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons’ most disappointing players: Frank Jackson

Another player whose season has not gone to plan is Frank Jackson, who had a semi-breakout season last year and was hoping to build on it.

Like Olynyk, Jackson’s season has somewhat been undone by injuries and illness, as he has suffered minor injuries or illness several times just as he was starting to get going.

He was meant to be the Pistons’ “instant offense” off the bench after shooting more than 40 percent from long range last season.

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Jackson has improved his scoring, averaging 10.7 per game, which is the highest of his career. He has also shown that he can explode for big games, as he has a couple of times this season.

The problem is that he hasn’t done it consistently enough, and last year’s 3-point shooting is starting to look like it might have been a fluke.

Jackson is shooting just 32 percent from long range this season, down eight points from last season. He is taking the most attempts of his career (5.5 per game) but is hitting them at the same clip he did in his first two seasons in the league.

With three seasons at around 32 percent and one at 40 percent you have to wonder if last year was an outlier for Frank Jackson or if injuries held him back from being there again this season.

Either way, fans were hoping he’d be in there more often and hitting more shots when he was, so it’s been a somewhat disappointing season for Jackson. I still think he represents a great value contract for the Pistons, but he’d be the first to say that his shooting has not been up to scratch this season.

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