Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson is confident his side will enjoy great success in the upcoming NBA season.
The Pistons qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2008/09 last season, but failed to make it past the first round as they were swept 4-0 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who went on to be crowned NBA champions.
Jackson, though, expects the Pistons to build on their playoffs appearance in the 2016/17 season.
“It’s time for us to step up,” he told Pistons.com. “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.”
While the Pistons don’t have many high-profile players in their squad, Jackson believes that a collective effort from everyone in the team will be crucial to ensuring a strong showing in their upcoming NBA campaign.
“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.”