Thunder general manager Sam Presti spoke about Reggie Jackson late Thursday night, roughly 2 1/2 hours after the franchise selected the Boston College guard 24th overall in the NBA Draft.
Here are various snippets from what Presti had to say:
In Reggie Jackson, we feel like we have a player that brings great length and athleticism. He continues to add depth to a core of players that we see as growing together. With a team that won 55 games last season, the objective is to continue to layer the organization with young talented players when it comes to the draft and we feel good about the fact that we’ve been able to do that.
We look at him as a pretty versatile player. We look at him as a guy that has played both positions. We like the fact that he’s got a great feel for the game. He’s got a great pace to him. But he also combines that in a package with supreme athleticism and length, which are all qualities that we like in our players and has been a big part of our progress with our team.
He’s a guy that is a willing learner. He’s a guy with great athletic ability. He’s a guy that can shoot the ball. And he’s a guy that really understands that he has room to grow and wants to improve. And that’s what his focus is.
A guy with his size and length, he doesn’t play specifically of of that athleticism alone. We feel like he’s a really good passer. He’s not a home run-play passer. He sees things develop pretty well. And then obviously being able to make shots like he does, we think he’s got a nice combination. At the same time, he’s got a long way to go to improve. We have to try to help him get there.
We think he has potential to come be a pretty good defensive player. The fact that he has that size and athleticism, it gives him the ability to be able to guard multiple positions. But that’s going to be something that he has to continue to work at.
He was the guy on the board that we wanted to take. When that pick came up, he was the guy that we wanted to have on the team.