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Report: Detroit Pistons sign Frank Jackson to two-way contract

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A young player with some experience on all levels, Jackson raises the talent level of our guard rotation

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According to ESPN’s Eric Woodyard, the Detroit Pistons plan to sign Frank Jackson. The guard will get the second two-way contract from the Pistons, joining another Saben Lee in this role.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jackson was drafted 31st overall in the 2017 NBA draft after spending one season at Duke. After being selected by the Charlotte Hornets and immediately traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, he missed his entire rookie season with a foot fracture sustained in late summer.

When he came back, he registered a good rookie campaign, averaging 8.1 points per game on a disappointing but still quite packed New Orleans team. In his second year with New Orleans, he regressed as the team was loaded heavily at guard after the Anthony Davis trade, averaging 6.3 points a game. However, he had a very good stint in the bubble, posting a statline of 11 points and 3 assists a night, while shooting 48% from the floor. It looked even better in action.

Before this season. Jackson signed as a free agent with the Oklahoma City Thunder but was waived as the beginning of the season approached.

Jackson needs to work on some things. His long ball is under league average. His free-throw percentage should be better. His assist rate isn’t a point guard-y one, and he has turnover issues. But he proved that he can run, and organize the play of young and talented teams. So in Detroit he might find a right place at the right time. After years of stagnation at the guard positions, the competition there should be very productive this year for our team.