Reggie Jackson has had a peculiar rookie season. Summer league was canceled and training camp was cut short because of the lockout, and he was injured during the preseason.
He wasn't playing, then suddenly was the Thunder's backup point guard when Eric Maynor was lost with a season-ending injury.
After Oklahoma City signed veteran Derek Fisher, Jackson's gameday uniform became a suit and tie. He spent time with the D-League Tulsa 66ers.
During the regular season, Jackson appeared in 45 games, averaging 3.1 points and 1.6 assists in those contests.
Jackson spoke to The Oklahoman about his season and his role with the team during the playoffs.
Q: What's this ride been like for you?
A: It's been a roller coaster. I came in not knowing what was going to happen.
But it's been a good experience for me on the whole. I just took it in, learned what I can from Fish and from all these players. Not too many people can say they came in their rookie season and got to contribute as much as I did, and then got to be in the Finals. It's been fun for me.
What's your role with the team now?
When the coaches sit down every day and prepare, they ask me a few questions, and I have a few homework tasks I have to do. It's good for me.
Do you have a homework task every day, and what kind of assignments do you get?
I scout, see what other players are doing. I give postgame thoughts overall, what happened, our pick-and-roll coverages, how we can improve.
It actually feels good to be part of it. You sit down and talk to the coaches every day, and you feel like your two cents actually counts. I think it's keeping me on my toes.
I sit with Eric during the games, and everybody sees we joke and laugh on the bench, but there's not a second of the game we're not talking about what we see, how an opposing player is breaking us down and being successful, or how we're being successful.
We try to relay the message to each other and to the coaches, and sometimes they take our tidbits. I like to think it helps tremendously. We're going to keep doing what we do.
How has this experience overall helped you as you move forward in your career?
It keeps you humble. I've always got to stay on my toes. I have to stay ready regardless, because you never know what's going to happen in the league. It's been a great situation for me.