The Detroit Pistons officially signed Reggie Jackson, Joel Anthony and Darrun Hilliard to contracts on Monday. Below are the team's press releases for each:
"We're pleased to have reached an agreement with Reggie Jackson that will keep him with the organization for multiple years," said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. "Reggie is a team-first type player who developed great chemistry with our core players following his midseason acquisition. We feel he has a tremendous future ahead of him and he'll be a major contributor to our team moving forward."
Jackson, 24, appeared in 77 games (40 starts) with Oklahoma City and Detroit last season averaging career highs in points (14.5 ppg), rebounds (4.2 rpg), assists (6.0 apg) and minutes (29.5 mpg). He posted 17.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 32.2 minutes in 27 games with Detroit, including an 11-game stretch from March 17 through April 4 where he averaged 20.6 points (.494 FG, .417 3FG), 10.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds while leading the club to a 7-4 record. Among NBA league leaders, the 6-foot-3, 208-pound guard ranked 18th in assists per game (6.0) and T37th in free-throw percentage (.830).
The former Boston College product became the first Pistons player since Grant Hill in 1997-98 to record multiple triple-doubles in a season, recording his first career triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists at Philadelphia (3/18). Jackson picked up his second career triple-double at Orlando (3/27) with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He also recorded his first 20/20 game, recording 23 points and career-high 20 assists vs. Memphis (3/17) while becoming the first player since Mark Jackson in 1997 to record a 20/20 game and a triple-double in back-to-back games. Jackson became the fifth player in franchise history to record 20-plus assists (Kevin Porter, Isiah Thomas, Will Bynum, Brandon Jennings) and teamed with Jennings to become the first teammate duo in NBA history to record multiple 20-plus point and 20-plus assist performances in the same season.
Drafted by the Thunder with the 24th overall selection in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, Jackson averaged 13.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds off the bench during the 2013-14 season. Prior to being inserted into the starting line-up at Charlotte (12/27/13), Jackson was the only player in the NBA to come off the bench and average 12-plus points, three-plus rebounds and three-plus assists. In 30 career playoff games with Oklahoma City, Jackson has averages of 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.0 minutes per game.
Anthony, 32, appeared in 49 games (no starts) and averaged 1.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in 8.3 minutes per game. He scored a season-high 10 points at Utah (3/14), grabbed season-high seven rebounds at Charlotte (4/1) and scored the 1,000th point of his career at Orlando (3/27). The 6-foot-9, 245-pound center recorded a season-high two steals twice [at Milwaukee (1/24) and at Charlotte (4/1)] and blocked a season-high four shots six times [at Orlando (12/30), at Philadelphia (3/18), vs. Chicago (3/21), at Orlando (3/27), vs. Atlanta (3/31) and at Charlotte (4/1)]. Anthony was acquired from Boston in an offseason trade that sent Will Bynum to the Celtics.
Anthony has averaged 2.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 15.1 minutes in 452 career games (110 starts) with Miami, Boston and Detroit. Undrafted out of the University of Las Vegas Nevada, Anthony has averaged a career-high of 3.9 rebounds per game twice (2007-08 and 2011-12). He averaged a career-high 3.5 points per game during his rookie season with Miami. Anthony is a career 50% shooter from the field and played a career-high 80 games during the 2009-10 season. He was a member of the HEAT's 2012 and 2013 NBA Championship teams.
Hilliard, a 6-6 guard from Villanova University, was selected 38th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He averaged 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.2 steals in the recently concluded NBA Orlando Summer League.
A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Hilliard averaged 11.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 26.8 minutes in 132 career games at Villanova. Last season, he averaged 14.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 28.8 minutes in 35 games. As a senior, the 6-foot-6 guard, led Villanova in scoring and earned First Team All-Big East honors. He scored a season-high 31 points against Butler and posted 27 points, including six 3-pointers made, against North Carolina State in the NCAA Tournament. As a junior, Hilliard shared the Big East Most Improved Player award and was Honorable Mention All-Big East. He improved his scoring from 4.8 points per game as a freshman to 11.4 points per game as a sophomore.
Terms of the contracts were not disclosed by the Pistons, but they have been widely reported. Jackson re-upped for a reported five years, $80 million (although sportrac has it at nearly $89.5 million, which might be including incentives). There are no options. Anthony re-signed at a reported two-years, $5 million, with a team option on year two. Hilliard signed a reported three-year deal just over $2.4 million with only about half a mill. guaranteed.
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