As the Denver Nuggets are about to approach the 2023-24 season in a bold consideration of defending their title, Reggie Jackson is ready to provide what he can to help his hometown team fulfill their mission.
Jackson told The Athletic’s Tony Jones that he assumes to have an increased responsibility to aid Denver as they aim to repeat as the champions of the NBA.
“This is a big season for me and for us in general,” Jackson said. “The understanding that we have to go into the season with is that we have a mark on our backs collectively as a team. But, also, I have to do my part and do everything I can to try and make us as successful as possible.”
Jackson was picked up by the Nuggets in the midseason of last 2022-23, but he didn’t enjoy much playing time for the remaining portion of the season.
From averaging 7.9 points and 3.1 boards in 16 games, his numbers hit rock bottom come postseason time for Denver as he was not inserted by coach Michael Malone into his playoff rotation. Still, he remained professional and contributed on the sidelines as a veteran, and this ultimately got paid off upon winning his first-ever NBA championship.
Jackson opted to remain in Denver for two more years worth over $10MM, but he and the club saw some significant free agency exits in Bruce Brown and Jeff Green. Now, he is ready to take a major step up as they try to establish their title defense.
“Obviously the departure of Bruce and Jeff is tough because they did so much for the team,” Jackson said. “They were great locker room guys, and they were obviously great for us on the court. That type of leadership isn’t easy to replace. In my opinion, we have one of the best starting fives in the league.
“My job is going to be to come in and try and steady the ship as much as I can when I’m in the game. I think the young guys are going to be very fun to play with. There is a lot of talent in that locker room. As a second unit, we have to make sure that we are able to keep things rolling.”