Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson does nothing but improve

But for all of his improvements, the second year point guard's ability to make an impact in crunch time is what really piques your interest about his potential.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 8, 2013

Reggie Jackson just keeps on getting better.

But for all of his improvements, the second year point guard's ability to make an impact in crunch time is what really piques your interest about his potential.

Jackson scored eight of his 13 points off the bench in the fourth quarter Sunday against New York, playing all 12 minutes of the period and proving once again that he's virtually impossible to keep out of the paint. On multiple occasions, Jackson would use ball screens to jet by Knicks guard Raymond Felton before beating reigning Defensive Player of the Year and towering center Tyson Chandler with crafty layups.

Let's just say it had the look and feel of something — someone — Oklahoma City used to know.

Now, with the playoffs less than two weeks away, it's come time to ask the question of whether Jackson is ready to carry over his effectiveness into the postseason? It seems every year there is an unheralded player that emerges in the playoffs. And after sitting on the sidelines in a bow tie throughout last year's run to the NBA Finals, only time will tell whether Jackson can become the league's next breakout performer.

“If that's what it comes to,” Jackson said. “I just try to be a playmaker, defensively, offensively and just get the right shots. If that's what happens this year then I'll be grateful. But I'm just trying to help this team win and reach our ultimate goal.”

The Thunder is 22-9 when Jackson plays at least 15 minutes, and, by and large, he's excelled in those opportunities. In those 31 games, Jackson has averaged 7.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 48.9 percent shooting. It's all-around production that has earned Jackson a few additional stints but left many wondering what he could do with even more.

“Being a point guard is not just taking it to the basket and scoring around the basket,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “You got to know who's hot and who's not hot, what the coach wants, the time, the score and he's done a good job of getting better at those areas. But it takes time.”

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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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