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Reggie Jackson Impresses In Debut

by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 20, 2011

Rookie guard Reggie Jackson played only six minutes in his debut Sunday at Dallas.

The 24th overall pick out of Boston College scored three points with two assists and one rebound. He went 1-for-3 from the field, 1-for-2 from the foul line and had two fouls.

But it was enough to impress Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

“I thought he was fine,” Brooks said. “He missed his first two shots but they weren’t his fault. He had to throw up tough shots. But I thought he did a pretty good job.”

What stood out about Jackson is he played with poise. He appeared confident and comfortable in what he was doing at all times. Brooks said the first area in which the rookie must make adjustments is in acclimating himself to NBA rules.

“He just has to pick up the pace on the offensive end,” Brooks said. “He was bringing up the ball like he had 10 seconds to work with. But the NBA rule is eight seconds.”

Jackson, Brooks said, will soon adjust just fine.

“Those are adjustments that he will make,” Brooks said. “He’s a quick learner and he’s an eager learner.”

Despite stumbling out of the blocks because of a groin injury that now has him playing catch up, Jackson so far has transitioned nicely into the NBA. He’s even taken his rookie hazing in stride, as teammates already have given him a purple Justin Bieber backpack to strap on for the season.

“He’s been good,” Brooks said. “He hasn’t had a lot of practice time with us because of his injury. But for his first game, his first NBA game, there was no complaints. I thought he was really good defensively and he tried to run our stuff offensively.”

Brooks said Jackson could see more minutes tonight in the preseason finale against Dallas.

“You’ll probably see him a little more,” Brooks said. “I don’t know how much more.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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