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The Time Is Now For Reggie Jackson And Enes Kanter

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The trade deadline is usually a time when teams do some fine tuning for their playoff pushes, or in some cases, get that last missing piece. At this year’s trade deadline, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Detroit Pistons were hoping to strike it rich when they dealt for Enes Kanter and Reggie Jackson in a three-team trade with the Utah Jazz. As a result, both added guys to their teams that were considered potentially a gamble to take on. But on the opposite end, both are now getting the opportunity they thought they deserved. And so far it looks like it could be working out well for both teams in this one.

Reggie Jackson was obviously wanting to be a starter. A restricted free agent this offseason, Jackson wanted to continue to start alongside Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook like he did in the playoffs. But the Thunder saw things differently and left him sitting on the bench, waiting to be put in the game as a sub. That did not sit well with Reggie, as he reportedly turned down a four-year, $48 million deal to stay with the Thunder in order to bet on himself. He felt he could be the lead guy on a team and was not going to be happy until he got that chance. Well, when he was traded to the Detroit Pistons, that chance arrived for Jackson. The Pistons lost starting point guard Brandon Jennings to an Achilles’ tear recently and DJ Augustin was doing a great job filling in for him. But despite that, the Pistons felt they needed to make a trade that could make them better. In all honestly, they knew DJ Augustin was just a backup point guard and not a permanent solution and that Jackson could be the solution. And so far, the Pistons have looked good under the direction of Jackson. He is getting the minutes he wants with the Pistons and he is rewarding the team by scoring 17 and 22 points respectively in his first two games while facilitating and having low turnovers. He is breaking down defenses and making his teammates better in the last two games. He is also giving the Pistons the offensive punch that Jennings could give them with better decision-making as well. If he keeps this up, he can help the Pistons make that final push into the playoffs while potentially earning that bigtime deal that he craves for his talents.

 

Reggie was not the only intriguing name in the three-team trade. Big man Enes Kanter has always had skills. He can run the court, finish on the fast break, hit the 15-18 foot jump shot and score when posting up. But Kanter also was feeling the notion that his days were numbered in Utah as long as the organization was looking more towards Jazz forward Derrick Favors. So after some rumblings were heard from him in regards to things in Utah, they shipped him off to Oklahoma City. And it seems like that was the best thing that Utah could have done for his career. The former 3rd overall pick of the 2011 Draft had some good games but some invisible ones as well. But since he has been a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it seems like things have changed. Kanter is giving them something they did not have: inside scoring. Kendrick Perkins and Stephen Adams had been logging all the minutes at the center position and providing them nothing there at all offensively. The only other scoring option in the paint was a guard driving or Serge Ibaka potentially finishing around the rim. With the edition of Kanter, the Thunder just acquired someone they can throw the ball into in the paint and almost expect some points to come. His soft hands and ability to finish strong in traffic also makes him a very good addition due to the tight proximity that he could be catching passes from teammates in Oklahoma City. So far, Kanter has two double-doubles with the Thunder, has scored double figures in each game and is meshing well with Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook. And when Kevin Durant comes back, imagine the growth in the weapons he has around him along with the acquisition of Enes Kanter. If Thunder coach Scotts Brooks can craft a way to keep all happy while they are winning, then there will be not much to worry about in terms of unhappy players.

Both players wanted out while wanting to find a home where they can get paid as much as they think they are worth. Reggie Jackson was not looking to be a backup plan. Enes Kanter was not about to play the second fiddle to Favors in Utah. So with the trades, it seems like both are happy and looking to cash in on their big chance. It should be interesting to see if they get the payoff they were expecting or fall short of the deal they were seeking to begin with.

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3 Comments

  1. Rob Thomas Brown

    February 27, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I really like Reggie Jackson’s game, very aggressive and I like what I’ve seen defensively against some of the better point guards in the league

  2. ASR

    February 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    There are many very good players in the NBA and there is a limited amount of starting jobs. So it’s about opportunity and patience and it’s good to see Kanter/Jackson are getting that shot.

  3. Lee Love

    March 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Reggie Jackson and Enes Kanter are both very good players and seems that a change of residence address has worked out positive so far…sometimes the system brings out all the attribute as it seems to be working out.

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