And when he takes the floor, it allows the other Thunder bench players to fall back into their more natural slots, working off Jackson's playmaking skills.
Nick Collison, OKC's elder statesman, has worked with a variety of bench talent in the past, most notably Harden. When asked if Jackson fits that sixth man mold, Collison said: “He has all the tools.”
“It'll be good,” Collison said. “Reggie will give us a guy that can break some people down in that second group and hopefully create some shots for everybody else.”
Throughout the early stages of his career, Jackson's premier skill has been a unique ability to finish on the drive. Last season, his 74.2-percent conversion rate at the rim ranked near the top among guards.
“He can shoot with either hand, has a good left and right, plus the floater,” Brooks said. “And he uses the rim as an extra protector.”
But moving forward, his long-term development will hinge on the growth of his other skills. His shooting, his passing and his ability to take over in key spurts off the bench.
“In the playoffs, he really showcased under the circumstances that he can really lead an offensive unit,” Martin said. “Which you have to do in that second unit. You have to be an offensive-minded player.”
Internally, there's plenty of belief that he can. Now we'll start to find out if he will.