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Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder bench needs to provide more stops, more baskets

Now that the second half of the season is under way, Oklahoma City's once-potent bench needs to contribute more.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 23, 2013

The two-man game with Martin and Collison is developing well and quickly becoming one of the bench's best forms of offense. Beyond that, though, there is a steep drop off, mainly seen when the Thunder's second string isn't scoring in transition or sharing the ball in the half-court sets.

Jackson, who replaced Eric Maynor as the primary backup point guard, seems to be a capable source of more scoring. But the second-year guard is still searching for the right balance between running the team and manufacturing points.

“There's going to be some times when he's going to have to let his natural talent take over,” Martins said. “Like when we get a defensive stop and get a rebound and we go in transition, I think that's when Reggie's at his best and he's making the right play.

Jackson, who showed his scoring skills with an 18.2-point average as a junior at Boston College, said he's still trying to find himself.

“When to be aggressive and when not to, especially in the short minutes I play sometimes,” Jackson said. “I'm used to kind of playing a lot. I think all of us are when you come out of high school and college. I'm more of a feel player. I'm always trying to get other players going. When I have more minutes, that's when I'll have more opportunities to attack and take over. But I'm just trying to figure out how to do it in a shortened span in the time period I play. It's still a learning process for me. I'm trying to get better each and every day with it.”