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OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson needs to toe the free throw line more

For as much as Jackson is viewed as sort of a Russell Westbrook Lite, drawing fouls is still an area in which he falls woefully short of replicating Westbrook's production.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 3, 2014

Thus far, neither Jackson nor anyone else on the Thunder has been able to reproduce Westbrook's proficiency.

Jackson's 0.4 free throw assist rate per game doesn't rank in the top 50.

“It's a skill to get to the line. It's only a few guys that get there consistently every year,” Brooks said. “(Reggie) has never been one that gets a lot of free throws. Hopefully he keeps getting better and improving and that will be the next part of his offensive game.”

Jackson shuns two gimmicks that traditionally get players more foul calls: complaining and flopping.

“I'm not in the business of really crying for a foul,” Jackson said. “When I grew up with my brothers, we played tough. So I don't really over exaggerate if I've been hit or not. If the ref sees it, he calls it. If he doesn't, he doesn't. I just got to figure out a way to finish through it.

“I think the more I get known for finishing at a high rate, if it doesn't happen or if the shot falls short or something, the ref may give me the call. But at this point, I'm not going to nag about it or beg for a call.”

Brooks said Jackson could do a better job of initiating contact.

“A lot of times he shoots it before the defense gets there,” Brooks said. “He has that great floater that really catches teams off guard. He's a little further than you think he should be taking the runner, but he's confident in making it. So he doesn't really get to the rim with contact.”

It's a development to watch while Westbrook remains sidelined.

“He thinks I'm capable of doing so,” Jackson said of Brooks. “I just got to find a way to draw contact. He thinks it'll only be a benefit if I can get to the free throw line more. I just got to find ways to do so.”