Reggie Jackson has a grade 3 sprain to his right ankle and will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks, the Detroit Pistons announced today.
The team confirmed the grade 3 sprain after taking an MRI. It is no surprise Jackson will be out an extended period. He severely rolled his ankle Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers and howled in pain. He was not able to put any pressure on his foot as he was carried into the locker room for further evaluation.
A grade 3 sprain is the most significant sprain and involves a complete tearing of the ligament fibers around the ankle as well as significant tenderness and swelling around the ankle.
In the interim, the Pistons will turn to either Ish Smith or Langston Galloway to hold down the fort while Jackson is out of the lineup. Safe money is on Ish, who is the better distributor and has started in Jackson’s place for extended stretches before.
Galloway would likely serve as a backup and share ball-handling duties with Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson off the bench. When Avery Bradley returns, he too can handle the rock alongside Ish in the starting lineup.
It will also likely mean that even more of the half court offensive sets are run through Tobias Harris, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Our own Laz Jackson did a deep dive on life without Jackson immediately following his injury. The Pistons also have Dwight Buycks, who has essentially been a AAAA point guard throughout his career. He might finally have a chance to show he belongs in the NBA. The Pistons also have an open roster spot should they look for a replacement on the free agent or trade market.
Jackson is averaging 14.6 points, 5.5 assists with a career-high 54.0 true shooting percentage so far this season.