Reggie Jackson is an American basketball player who started his professional career after he was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round (24th overall pick) of the 2011 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft.
The point guard was traded to the Detroit Pistons in 2015 and still plays for the team.
Who Is Reggie Jackson and How Old is He?
Reginald Shon Jackson, known professionally as Reggie Jackson, was born on April 16, 1990, in Pordenone, northeast Italy, to American parents – Saul Jackson (father) who worked at Aviano Air Base and Sharon Jackson (mother).
The Jacksons relocated from Italy to England and subsequently to the United States, living in North Dakota, Georgia and later, Florida. When Reggie Jackson was in 6th grade, the family still moved one more time to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they finally settled.
He attended General William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs and played basketball with the school’s team. Before his graduation in 2008, Jackson won the 2007–08 Gatorade Colorado Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year.
At the end of his high school career, Reggie Jackson was considered to be a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and ranked as the No. 29 shooting guard and the No. 115 player in the nation in 2008.
Reggie Jackson gained admission into Boston College and joined the Eagles. During his first year, the team participated in the NCAA Tournament with Jackson playing like a superstar. He took over the starting role in his second season after his teammate, Tyrese Rice left but the team could not make it to the NCAA Tournament again.
During his junior year, the point guard led the Eagles in scoring with 18.2 points per game and also led them to the National Invitation Tournament. His outstanding performance in his junior year earned him first-team All-ACC honors alongside four of his teammates.
Forgoing his senior year, Reggie Jackson declared for the NBA draft and was picked by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. He played for the team from 2011 to 2015 but his first season was not so productive. Between March and December 2012, the young star was at different times assigned to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.
The following season, Reggie Jackson, showed a whole lot of improvement as there was an obvious, consistent increase in his minutes and production. He was soon promoted to a starting point guard following an injury sustained by Russell Westbrook and recorded 14 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. He made an average of 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game as a starter during the playoffs.
Playing against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs (Game 4), Reggie scored a career-high 32 points with 9 rebounds which led to his team’s 92–89 victory over their opponent. On November 11, 2014, Jackson recorded a season-high 29 points on 12-of-21 shooting in the game which ended in a 78–85 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Reggie Jackson was traded to the Detroit Pistons on February 19, 2015. In his debut match which ended in a 106–89 win over the Washington Wizards, he made 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He went ahead to record his second career triple-double on March 27, during the game against Orlando Magic, recording 26 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists. This made him the first Detroit Pistons point guard to make triple-doubles in a single season (1986–87) and the first member of the team to do so since the 1997–98 season.
As a result of his strong play, Reggie Jackson was re-signed by the team to a five-year contract worth $80 million. Having made an average of 27.0 points and 8.8 assists and leading the Pistons to victory four consecutive times, he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week ending December 6. With this record, he became the first Piston to record 30-plus points and 15-plus assists in a game since Isiah Thomas in 1988.
For the week ending December 20, 2015, Jackson was again named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 29.3 points (first in the Eastern Conference), 7.7 assists (second in the Eastern Conference), and 6.3 rebounds.
Reggie missed the first 21 games of the 2016–17 season due to left knee tendinosis and an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain of his right thumb. He returned to the field on December 4, scoring 18 points in 23 minutes against the Orlando Magic. In the same month, he sustained a Grade 3 right ankle sprain and was ruled out for six-to-eight weeks. He made his debut on March 20, 2018, after missing 24 games.
Jackson continues to play with passion and enthusiasm.
What Is His Net Worth?
Even though not all basketball players are super rich, it is a basic truth that getting signed to the National Basketball Association is a sure path to a lifetime of comfort. Since the entry of Reggie Jackson into the big league, he has enjoyed lucrative contracts.
Following the five-year contract with the Detroit Pistons worth $80 million, Reggie’s salary jumped from $2 million to $14 million in the 2015-2016 season. Over the subsequent years, he will earn $15 million, $16 million, $17 million and $18 million respectively.
Jackson’s net worth is currently pegged at a conservative estimate of $10 million.
Interesting Quick Facts
Birth Name: Reginald Shon Jackson
Date Of Birth: April 16, 1990
Place Of Birth: Pordenone, Italy
NBA draft: 2011 – Round: 1 – Pick: 24th overall
Selected By: The Oklahoma City Thunder
Position: Point guard
Playing Career: 2011–present
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Wingspan: 2.13 m