If at any point this season Reggie Jackson surprises you with his play and makes you wonder ‘Where did this come from?” think back to his breakout moment.
It came in Game 3 of the conference semifinals against Memphis.
A 10-second sequence midway through the third quarter provided a preview of the potential that could be on display this year.
Marc Gasol missed a baseline jumper. Tony Allen rebounded it and missed a putback attempt. Kevin Durant then tapped out the ball into the hands of Jackson, who started a one-man fast break at the free-throw line.
Gasol and Allen gave chase.
Grizzlies guards Mike Conley Jr. and Quincy Pondexter retreated.
Conley went for the steal as the ball was in Jackson's left hand. Jackson eluded him with a nifty behind-the-back dribble. Allen then dove at the ball when Jackson transferred the ball to his right hand. But Jackson quickly crossed it back to his left, sending Allen sliding to the court grabbing at air.
As Allen fell, Jackson gathered the ball and his footsteps.
“Steps over Allen,” marveled ESPN play-by-play man Mike Tirico.
Allen's sprawled-out body was all that stood between Jackson and the rim. So Jackson, a step inside the free throw line, hurdled him with a long stride before finishing the play with a scooping, double-clutching, left-handed layup off the backboard.
“What a play by Reggie Jackson,” Tirico exclaimed, seemingly in disbelief at what he had just witnessed.
The bucket brought the Thunder within five with 4:54 remaining in the quarter.
OKC went on to lose by six.
But that night, a star might have been born.