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Frank Jackson To Stay With The Pistons

Former Blue Devil may have found his NBA home

Chicago Bulls v Detroit Pistons
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MAY 09: Frank Jackson #5 of the Detroit Pistons shoots the ball against Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter of the NBA game at Little Caesars Arena on May 09, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.
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After leaving Duke, Frank Jackson struggled a bit with injuries, missing the 2017/18 season before bouncing back in the following two seasons, both with the New Orleans Pelicans, which then had a high number of former Blue Devils with Jackson, Brandon Ingram, Jahlil Okafor, JJ Redick and Zion Williamson.

They opted to not to keep him though so he went to Detroit on a two-way contract.

The Pistons must have liked his shooting - he hit about 40 percent on threes and average just under 10 ppg - because they are bringing him back next year, again on a two-way, two year deal.

Coach Dwayne Casey said this: “I’m so happy with Frank’s growth. I’m so excited about his growth. Here’s a young man who got cut, came in as a two-way player, who has earned every inch of his playing time and he’s special. I know he’s a keeper. Works every day, puts his nose to the grind. He does everything the right way on both ends of the floor. He does an excellent job defensively and offensively. He’s that spark plug off the bench.”

He’s still young, at 23, and gifted and certainly he has the potential to play himself into a full-time contract and to become a rotation player for the Pistons.