OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson will work this summer to improve 3-point shooting

Reggie Jackson is rapidly rounding out his game. But there's one thing still missing. A reliable 3-point shot.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 29, 2013
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photo - NBA BASKETBALL: NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) pumps up the crowd as Memphis takes three free throws in the final seconds during the second round NBA playoff basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL: NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) pumps up the crowd as Memphis takes three free throws in the final seconds during the second round NBA playoff basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Reggie Jackson is rapidly rounding out his game.

But there's one thing still missing.

A reliable 3-point shot.

As the Thunder point guard prepares for his third NBA season, strengthening that skill will be one of Jackson's main goals this summer.

It certainly will be the most important one.

Jackson made just 23.1 percent of his 3-pointers this season, ranking last among players with at least 100 attempts.

Serge Ibaka made a higher percentage.

Shoot, Ronnie Brewer made a higher percentage.

So you know Jackson struggled from beyond the arc. It was a weakness that lingered as the biggest hole in Jackson's game and stood out for the wrong reasons in what was an otherwise fantastic season of growth.

“He still needs to continue to improve and he will,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He's a guy that loves the gym. He's going to have another big summer of improvement. We'll be with him step by step in that improvement.”

As a rookie, Jackson suffered through the same shooting struggles, connecting on only 21 percent from 3-point range. And there was only minimal improvement this season.

Jackson made four of seven 3-pointers in November but then went 4-for-26 in December and January. He started off February on the right foot, making four of 11 in the month's first five games, but then shot 20 percent in the season's final 31 contests.

In the postseason, Jackson was either scorching hot or ice cold. For instance, he made 34.5 percent of his 3s in six games against Houston then dipped to 21.4 percent in five games against Memphis.

Teammates think Jackson is bound to improve because of his resolve and relentless work ethic.

“Reggie is often times one of the first few guys in the building every morning, putting in that extra time that it takes to be good and to be great,” said Thunder guard Derek Fisher.

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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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