The Pistons medical staff has flown under the radar for years as one of the most successful units in the NBA. Even in what could be considered a down year by their standards, the 2015-16 injury totals still fell below the league average for the fifth consecutive season. Director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer Jon Ishop hasn’t missed a beat since joining the organization, continuing a long-standing tradition of high quality care previously established by former athletic trainer Mike Abdenour.
Last season’s higher than normal totals were largely attributable to veteran guard Jodie Meeks. Meeks suffered a Jones fracture in his fifth metatarsal in the team’s second game of the season and would miss a majority of the year recovering. By the end of the year Meeks alone accounted for half of Detroit’s total games missed.
Unfortunately Ishop and company will start the year from behind as guard Reggie Jackson will miss time after undergoing PRP injections to treat a sprained right thumb and a lingering issue of tendinitis in his left knee. Jackson has tendinosis, a chronic form of tendinitis, and will likely need routine maintenance for the remainder of the season. Fortunately they’ve managed several other injuries including Marcus Morris’ own bout with tendinitis and a pair of broken noses for Tobias Harris and Aron Baynes.