Reggie Jackson
(Katelyn Mulcahy/ LA Times)

Reggie Jackson Wants To Make Los Angeles His Home For A Long While

Not a lot was expected of Reggie Jackson heading into the 2020-2021 NBA season. He rejoined the Clippers on a minimum deal after many teams were wary of the former Boston College Guard in free agency. After an excellent postseason it seems like more suitors will be interested this time around. Despite that, Jackson has made his intentions very clear for his future. He emotionally stated his desire to remain with the Clippers after they “saved his career” during the postgame interview of game 6. In a season of unfortunate injuries and bad storylines, this is one of the better things to see in the NBA.

Setting The Scene

When reports came out that Kawhi Leonard was sidelined with a knee injury, the alarm bells started blaring in LA. The Clippers were heading into Utah for a monumental Game 5 against the Jazz in the second round. Instead of folding, they took it to the home team. Paul George did his job with 37 points, but Jackson was one of the key contributors with 22 points on 53% shooting from the field. Both George and Jackson had excellent displays of both jump shooting and tough finishes in the paint. I already went into detail about Paul George’s redemption tour this postseason, but the same can be said for the former OKC Thunder guard. Jackson came out of obscurity to average 17.8 points per game in the 2021 postseason to solidify himself as one of Ty Lue’s main options before PG13.

Had Kawhi Leonard been healthy, they would have had a strong chance of defeating the Phoenix Suns. That is abundantly clear. The fact that a shorthanded Clippers squad was even able to take the fully loaded Suns to 6 games deserves some praise. If Leonard does eventually leaves his hometown team in free agency, there is still some quality talent on the Clippers. The good part about a deep bench is that guys are gonna step up. Reggie Jackson is the latest example of that, with Marcus Morris Sr. and Nicolas Batum also deserving a shoutout.

What’s Next?

Jackson more than deserves an upgrade over a minimum contract this past season. It remains to be seen what his asking price will be, but a mutual interest between both team and player is there. I would not be surprised if Jackson averages better than 20 points per game if Kawhi leaves this summer. He’s a solid jump shooter, quite athletic for his position, and can both defend and pass well above the NBA average. I would hesitate to call him an All-Star level player at 31 years old, but Reggie Jackson deserves to stay in Los Angeles with a considerable pay raise.

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