OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson put on a show in Orlando Pro Summer League

At last week's summer league, Reggie Jackson was among the best young players showcasing his skills. The Thunder's second-year point guard put on an impressive performance, dominating with a dazzling mix of scoring and playmaking.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 15, 2012
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Reggie Jackson caused quite the stir in Orlando.

At last week's summer league, Jackson was among the best young players showcasing his skills over the course of the five-day event.

The Thunder's second-year point guard put on an impressive performance, dominating with a dazzling mix of scoring and playmaking that left him darn near indefensible. Jackson's bursts of jaw-dropping athleticism throughout the week — most notably a poster dunk over Utah forward Jeremy Evans on the final day — confirmed just how much of a cut above he was from the rest of the competitors in Central Florida.

Media members watched in amazement as Jackson obliterated opponents. Coaches craved more. Agents lined up to offer their services.

It was a stark difference from the player we saw last season. As a rookie, Jackson struggled to acclimate himself to the pro game and eventually saw his backup spot get turned over to veteran Derek Fisher. Quietly, questions arose about what type of hit Jackson's confidence would take after such a roller coaster rookie season and whether he would ever be what the Thunder needs.

But summer league became Jackson's first step in silencing his critics and slowly building up some credibility.

In 45 regular season appearances, Jackson averaged 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 11.1 minutes per game. He shot 32.1 percent from the field and 21 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

Thunder fans, by and large, thought he was terrible and were ready to run him out of town.

But Jackson showed his resiliency by ranking seventh in the Orlando Pro Summer League in scoring with a 15.3-point average. He also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists to earn Second Team All-Summer League honors.

It's been proven that successful summer league stints rarely provide a true indication of how a player will perform in the regular season. But this time the consensus was clear. Jackson, by all accounts has a bright future ahead of him.

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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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