Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder might be back in the sixth man business with Reggie Jackson

Jackson scored 18 points in 23 1/2 minutes Sunday night as the Thunder beat Minnesota 113-103 to raise its winning streak to seven. And Jackson's offense came in bunches.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 1, 2013

Reggie Jackson admits he had his hopes up. Let himself believe he could step into the James Harden/Kevin Martin role. Become a Thunder sixth man extraordinaire.

Then Sam Presti and Scotty Brooks and everyone else started talking about how the Thunder rotation didn't have to be the same. The Boomers didn't have to have an instant-offense guy off the bench.

Maybe it's time to reassess.

Jackson is producing like he most definitely could handle such a role.

Jackson scored 18 points in 23 1/2 minutes Sunday night as the Thunder beat Minnesota 113-103 to raise its winning streak to seven. And Jackson's offense came in bunches.

Seven points in a 53-second span of the second quarter after Brooks had Russell Westbrook at the scorer's table, waiting for a whistle so he could replace Jackson.

Seven points in a 70-second span of the fourth quarter, during which the Thunder expanded a one-point lead.

“Any role I'm put in, I'm just ready to go out there and compete,” Jackson said. “I always believe in myself and think the sky's the limit.”

The sixth man role?

“Don't really think about it,” Jackson said. “Can't get too caught up in it.”

Everyone else should. During the Thunder's just-concluded six-game homestand, Jackson averaged 13.7 points on 55 percent shooting. For the season, Jackson is up to 10.6 points a game.

Harden averaged 12.2 points a game in 2010-11, then 16.8 in 2011-12. Martin averaged 14.0 points a game last season.

Better yet, Jackson looks like a money player. In the wins over the Spurs last Wednesday and the T-Wolves, Jackson scored 25 fourth-quarter points total, on 11-of-12 shooting.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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