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Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Evaluating Reggie Jackson's season

The Oklahoman's staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Reggie Jackson.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 29, 2013

3. What is Jackson's ceiling, and could he be headed down James Harden Boulevard, meaning the Thunder won't be able to afford him after his rookie deal?

Mayberry: This is a very real possibility, and one of the reasons the Thunder might be in the market for a point guard rather than a big man in the upcoming draft. Jackson will be eligible for an extension next summer, and if he has the type of season we expect him to next year his value will go through the roof. The league has embraced explosive scoring point guards and teams are eager to land the next one. Jackson could soon be the next one. Consider that only six guards in the past four postseasons averaged at least 15 points, five rebounds and four assists per 36 minutes — Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Reggie Jackson, in his first postseason, posted 15 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per 36 minutes. Don't think for one second that teams like the Knicks, Lakers and Mavs, all of whom need a point guard and have virtually clean books in 2015-16, aren't paying attention.

Rohde: Harden played 158 games and 3,900 minutes his first two regular seasons. Jackson played 115 games and roughly 1,500 minutes, so Jackson is nowhere near James Harden Boulevard. Jackson is on a road less-traveled, something along the lines of Reggie Jackson Street. This should beneficial to the Thunder when it comes to the cost of Jackson's rookie contract extension. Otherwise, Jackson potentially could have priced himself off the roster.

Tramel: Oh, you never know. It's going to be hard to afford anyone. But I don't think his upside is as high as Harden's. Doesn't seem to have quite the basketball instincts of Harden. Which is no knock on Jackson. Harden's just a phenom. I wouldn't worry about Jackson two years from now. Plenty of stuff to worry about between then and now.


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