OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson will work this summer to improve 3-point shooting

Reggie Jackson is rapidly rounding out his game. But there's one thing still missing. A reliable 3-point shot.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 29, 2013
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photo - NBA BASKETBALL: NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) pumps up the crowd as Memphis takes three free throws in the final seconds during the second round NBA playoff basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL: NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) pumps up the crowd as Memphis takes three free throws in the final seconds during the second round NBA playoff basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

That, of course, is what Jackson since day one candidly has said he wants to be — great.

“I think the great ones, that's what they do, offensively, defensively, always in attack mode, always in a fight,” Jackson said. “Whether others follow or not, they just bring their best every day and that's the kind of mentality I believe you have to have. I'll just try to keep that in the back of my mind; stay hungry, humble, just work on always being in attack mode, whether it be in pickup games (or) workouts getting ready for next season.”

Jackson can take a few tidbits from this season into his preparations.

For starters, he was a much better corner 3-point shooter than he was from above the break, or the point where the arc begins. Jackson shot 41.2 percent from the corners in the regular season and postseason. He made just 21.5 percent from above the break.

But of Jackson's 141 true 3-point attempts (another six were long-distant heaves at the buzzer) 107 came above the break. Only 34 came in the corners.

Another thing Jackson could consider is, like most, he was much more effective as a spot-up shooter instead of firing 3s off the dribble. Thirty-two of Jackson's 37 made 3-pointers in the regular season and postseason were assisted.

“I spend time (shooting from) everywhere on the court, but just knowing that's going to help for next year,” Jackson said when informed of his shooting trends. “I tell myself every day, ‘Shoot from the corners. Shoot 3s from the corners and attack from the wing and the top.' I just want to improve my game overall. I think that's a good little tidbit fact to know.”

We'll see if it helps.

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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