Is the Reggie Jackson trade a step back deserving of skepticism or a move with reasons for optimism? Whichever side you fall, it's refreshing to read Van Gundy cite analytics in making his first major trade as the Detroit Pistons' President of Basketball Operations:
"We're well aware of that (few free-throw attempts and sub-average 3-point shooting), but analytics also shows he's a guy that gets into the paint, he's got a really good in-between game with his floater and he's a very, very good pick-and-roll player. He's got the potential, with his size and athleticism, to be really good defensively. I don't think he's there yet, in watching him, but I think he can be and he's a guy that we think with more minutes is going to be good. When you look at his shooting stroke, there's no problem there. He's an outstanding free-throw shooter. I think 3-point shooting will come around. When you're getting one or two attempts a game, that's always a difficult proposition. He's certainly got a lot of growth to go and we're looking forward to going through that process here." [...]
"Some of the analytics on (Jackson) are very, very good. There's very few guys that are across-the-board killing it in analytics. Reggie, in a lot of areas, stacks up very good analytically. He's in the top 10 percent of players in the league in points per possession on pick and rolls. We obviously run a lot of pick and rolls and he's one of the best pick-and-roll guys in the league."
You can see more of SVG on Reggie Jackson here.
I feel like we may have worn this topic out in the comments and should be in wait-and-see mode by now, but if you're a believer in Van Gundy, analytics and untapped potential, there's more reason to be excited about the move and how it will pan out.
Now your thoughts.