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Pistons Notes: Jackson, Brown, Hilliard

The Pistons have a young, talented core and Reggie Jackson knows its up to him to lead the team, Rod Beard of The Detroit News writes. “The organization put that upon us and myself to step up this year and be an even more impactful leader and more of a voice of reason and direction for our guys,” Jackson said. “I know I have a little more burden on my shoulders but it’s something I asked for and something I wanted. We’ll figure it out collectively.”

Here’s more from Detroit:

  • Lorenzo Brown appears to have the inside track on the Pistons‘ third point guard spot, Beard speculates in the same piece. “(We’re looking for) a guy we think will help us the most and is the most ready to step in and play,” executive/coach Stan Van Gundy said. “[Brown and Ray McCallum Jr.] both [are] just playing to their strengths and we’ll make that decision when the time comes.” Both Brown and McCallum Jr. are on non-guaranteed deals.
  • Darrun Hilliard missed Summer League with a back injury, but he appears to be healthy, Beard passes along in the same piece. “[The trainers] are trying to limit his workload a little bit but for the most part, he’s been doing everything,” Van Gundy said. “He’s actually doing pretty well.”
  • Ish Smith is drawing praise from his new teammates, Beard adds in a separate piece“We’ve played and I feel like Ish is going to be something like Brandon [Jennings] with his ability to pass, see and change pace to get the game going — it’s going to be special to watch,” Stanley Johnson said. “Especially with guys like me and [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] running the lane.” Smith signed a three year, $18MM deal with the Pistons in July.

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