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
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The Oklahoman's staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Reggie Jackson.

1. What did you learn about Reggie Jackson this season?

Darnell Mayberry: That he's an all-around threat. It was evident even last year that Reggie possessed the potential to break down his man, get to the basket and make plays at the rim. But he's proven himself to be an elite rebounder for his position and, when decisive, a terrific playmaker as well. I also learned that Jackson is a much better corner 3-point shooter than he is at the top of the arc. When he catches a swing pass in the corner, particularly the right corner, he's money. When he fires from out front, he's iffy.

John Rohde: We learned what we already assumed — that when given a chance, this Jackson kid is pretty darn good, athletic as all get-out. Hate that it took an injury to Russell Westbrook for Jackson to finally strut his stuff, but it could help tremendously for Jackson's improvement this upcoming season.

Berry Tramel: We learned that Jackson is an effective backup point guard. Heck, at times, he was an effective starting point guard. He's no Russell Westbrook, but Jackson clearly can play. That was one of the silver linings of Westbrook's injury. We learned a lot — a lot of good — about Jackson's game.

2. What do you expect from Jackson next season?

Mayberry: Another year of rapid improvement. A sixth man role. A Most Improved Player caliber season. Jackson's confidence is at an all-time high, and now he's much more familiar with opponents after finally getting a chance to compete on a regular basis. All he needs now is the opportunity. Here's hoping Scott Brooks provides it.

Rohde: Another terrific sixth man for the Thunder. Hopefully, he'll get 25-30 minutes per game, either teaming up with Westbrook and/or running the second team. If Jackson improves his outside jumper out top and solidifies his defense by not taking unnecessary chances, I could see Westbrook/Jackson becoming a wicked combination.

Tramel: I expect Jackson to become the Thunder sixth man as well as the backup point guard. I think Jackson will play quite a bit with Westbrook, as well as running the offense the 12 minutes or so a game Westbrook sits. He can't shoot like James Harden or Kevin Martin, but Jackson can penetrate and get to the rim.

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