This is what the NBA Draft becomes when you're no longer in the lottery. Home runs are replaced by singles and bunts. Slam dunks are replaced by chest passes and charges. With the 24th overall pick Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder came away with Reggie Jackson, a 6-3 guard out of Boston College. It's a selection that has everything to do with tomorrow rather than today. Jackson, who averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals as a junior with the Eagles, also isn't a player who will threaten to take anyone else's spot. One report early Thursday morning claimed the Thunder was seeking to package reserve point guard Eric Maynor to move into the top 15 for a shot at Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas. But that report was one example of many unsubstantiated rumors that annually get tossed around on draft night. “The draft pick tonight has absolutely no reflection on the group of guys that we have in place,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “Specifically with Eric, we love Eric Maynor. He's a huge part of our team. He's probably a bigger part of the team than people recognize. The growth that we've seen in him is not just promising it's really encouraging to see where he's come from when he first arrived in the trade.” Jackson gives the Thunder additional depth at the guard position behind starter Russell Westbrook and Maynor. Jackson is more of a scoring guard than a pure point guard. He has a 7-foot wingspan and complements his long arms with great speed. “He's got an explosive first step and it's really difficult to stay in front of the kid,” said ESPN draft analyst Jay Bilas after Jackson was announced as the selection. “He's good with runners and floaters when he's slashes to the basket.” Jackson improved his perimeter shooting in his final year, going from 29.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc as a sophomore to 42 percent on 169 attempts. Jackson also shot 50.3 percent from the field and 79.6 percent from the free-throw line as a junior. The Thunder also has Royal Ivey and Nate Robinson under contract for next season, but Jackson is looked at as more of a luxury, a player who is now in the program and can develop slowly rather than being rushed into action. Most draft analysts projected the Thunder to select Duke forward Kyle Singler or Serbian forward Nikola Mirotic in a draft-and-stash strategy. Mirotic, however, was taken one spot ahead of the Thunder, and OKC opted for Jackson over Singler. Oklahoma City also chose Jackson over other heralded prospects such as Texas' Jordan Hamilton, Providence's Marshon Brooks, Marquette's Jimmy Butler, UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt, Richmond's Justin Harper and Latvian forward Davis Bertans. Presti, however, said Jackson was the guy the Thunder wanted all along. “We looked at a lot of things,” Presti said. “We looked at moving up. We looked at moving out. … But when the 23rd pick was announced, we felt like this was the right decision.” Jackson reportedly did not work out for teams because of an alleged knee injury he sustained just before draft preparations. It was widely reported in the weeks leading up to the draft that Jackson had a promise from a team drafting in the first round. Some figured that team to be Thunder. According to numerous reports, Jackson declined to share personal information with teams, disclose his medical history or even allow teams to measure him. Presti said late Thursday night, though, that Jackson did indeed work out for the Thunder. If Jackson was indeed the player the Thunder wanted all along, the franchise got its man.