Former Duke basketball point guard given opportunity to thrive on court

Former Duke basketball guards Frank Jackson (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Former Duke basketball guards Frank Jackson (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Former Duke basketball standout Frank Jackson is getting the opportunity to thrive. 

It’s been a long road for former Blue Devil Frank Jackson after his departure from the Duke basketball program, but he’s finally seeing the floor in his new home.

Jackson had his bright moments with the New Orleans Pelicans but never truly got the chance to consistently see the floor because of injuries and being buried on the depth chart.

The franchise did not bring Jackson back after his rookie contract, and he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder before landing with Detroit Pistons, where he is finally getting the chance to thrive on the court.

Since March 15, the former Blue Devil is averaging 26.5 minutes per game in addition to 13.0 points per game.

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However, on March 19 against the Houston Rockets, the ex-Duke point guard nearly matched his career-high with 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point territory in a 113-100 victory.

Jackson also added two rebounds, one assist, and a steal while playing 26 minutes and only committing one foul and no turnovers.

Frank Jackson’s previous career-high was 25 points as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Duke basketball standout ready to continue impressive stretch

After his near career performance, Frank Jackson turned in another positive outing with 12 points and five rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Jackson was not as prolific from three-point range, though, making just one of four attempts.

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In just 13 games this season, the guard has started three and is averaging 12.3 minutes and 5.2 points per game while shooting 43.1-percent from the field and 41.4-percent from three-point range.

Having won two of their last three games following a four-game losing streak, Frank Jackson and the Detroit Pistons will try and continue their winning ways on Wednesday, March 14 against the Indiana Pacers at 7:00pm EST.

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