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Detroit Pistons


The Pistons 2015-16 season never really got off the ground as Reggie Jackson, the team’s leading scorer from the year before, missed the first 21 games following PRP injections for a sprained thumb and knee tendinosis. Jackson’s knee would be an issue throughout the season before the team opted to shut him down for the final nine games of the year.

Jackson wasn’t the only Reggie to give Jon Ishop and the Detroit medical team problems. Guard Reggie Bullock missed 25 games of his own with a meniscus tear and 13 more with foot, back, and hip injuries. Together the two Reggies were responsible for nearly 60 percent of Detroit’s total games lost. Fortunately, Ishop was able to minimize injuries to the remainder of the roster and guided the team to a top 10-finish in games, salary dollars, and minutes lost to injury.

The 2017-18 season is off to a much better start with Jackson healthy and ready to contribute. Big man Andre Drummond is also looking to return to All-Star form after a down year. Drummond hopes offseason surgery to repair a deviated septum will allow him to breathe easier and improve his on-court performance.