Maybe the area of his game Jackson has improved the most. Entering the league, he was a below-average outside shooter, making a combined 37 of 166 (22 percent) from deep his first two years. But this past season, he made 83 of 245, raising that clip up to a respectable 34 percent. Still not among the league’s most feared sharpshooters, but trending in the right direction. He’s converting enough to where it must be guarded.
In his first season, Reggie Jackson was a project — a late first-rounder that many scoffed at on draft day. By Year 2, he still struggled to find a grip on a rotation role. But after a breakout postseason in 2013, Jackson was handed the Thunder’s all-important sixth man role. And he flourished, rewarding Sam Presti’s trust and turning into one of the league’s most potent bench scorers. Player development has been a staple of the Thunder organization since moving to OKC. Jackson is the latest and one of the greatest examples.