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Reggie Jackson on Pistons: " I think we’ll be scary this year”

Reggie Jackson, Shane Larkin

Reggie Jackson, Shane Larkin

AP

The Detroit Pistons should take a big step forward this season.

The only question is how big? A top-four seed in the East? Then advance to the second round of the playoffs?

As you would hope, Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson has high expectations for Detroit this season, and he wants to lead a team he thinks made some solid additions this off-season, as he told Pistons.com.

“It’s time for us to step up,” he said. “You don’t find too many guys like that who are very team oriented and who have had success in the league and who are still about the success of the team and the success of the individuals around them, especially willing to give back so much knowledge of the game and sharing with the guys. Me and a few of the other guys, it’s kind of like they forced (leadership) upon us. I feel it’s forced upon me to lead now and now’s the time to really step up. This is the year to do it....

“I think people are looking for huge names and that’s not necessarily what Detroit’s ever done,” he said. “We do it collectively. We don’t need anyone to believe in us. We’ll still find a way. But I think we shored up our second unit and added some more versatility and some more depth. I think we’ll be scary this year. But you know what? I don’t want to talk about it too much. We’ll let the season speak for itself.”

That season should speak pretty well.

Scary? Cleveland is scary, not so sure about Detroit.

The Pistons big off-season move was actually the trade deadline move last season of getting Tobias Harris out of Orlando. That said, Stan Van Gundy did strengthen the Pistons bench with the additions of Jon Leuer, Boban Marjanovic, Ish Smith, and draft picks Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije.

Can that group gel into a solid bench, and can the rest of the Pistons continue up their growth curve? Detroit is going to be a fun team to watch this season.