A struggling Clippers veteran seeks advice from the team’s rookie on shooting.
Reggie Jackson of the Los Angeles Clippers hasn’t had much luck with the ball thus far this season. The 11-year veteran is off to his poorest start in terms of shooting percentage in his career, making just 31% of his field goals and 29.1 percent of his three-point attempts.
That’s his worst shooting percentage since his rookie season in the NBA in 2011-12, and considering he’s playing a career-high 34.8 minutes this season, it’s far from ideal.
“I can’t see being in a dry spell like this for much longer,” Jackson said of his poor start, according to The Orange County Register, adding that knowing Clipper Nation is rooting for him helps. He’s also being watched by one of the team’s best rookies.
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In the absence of Kawhi Leonard, Jackson wants to step up.
The Clippers are off to a shaky start, having dropped four of their first six games in what might be a long season with star player Kawhi Leonard sidelined indefinitely. Ty Lue, the head coach, believes it will only be a matter of time until things start to fall into place.
“If we make shots, we’ll pick up speed since there will be more driving lanes and time to attack now.” But if you’re not making shots, I wouldn’t guard us,” Lue told Tomer Azarly on November 2. I believe a lot of things will change once we start shooting.”
“I want to assist find ways to earn wins as an elder statesman on this squad, as a leader on this club,” Jackson told the OC Register.
But don’t be alarmed. Brandon Boston Jr., a Clips rookie, has given the experienced guard some wise — albeit cheeky — advice.
Jackson Discloses Brandon Boston’s Advice
Boston was taken in the second round of this year’s draft by the Clippers with the 51st overall choice, and he has only played in one game, scoring three points. Last season, the freshman averaged 11.5 points per game while at Kentucky, shooting 30 percent from three-point range and 35.5 percent from the field. Despite the fact that he isn’t Ray Allen, Boston nevertheless gave Jackson some pointers on how to improve his shot.
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