Feb 22, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson ready to make impact next season


Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Reggie Jackson had a tough time in his rookie year with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. After backup point guard Eric Maynor went down with an injury, Jackson was thrust into the backup point role.

Jackson wasn’t fully ready for the job and struggled for most of the season shooting just 32.1 percent from the field on the year. The Thunder went out and acquired veteran point guard Derek Fisher before the playoffs and Jackson returned to the end of the bench.

Jackson is looking to make more of an impact for the Thunder next season though and has met and worked on his shot with Boston College coach Steve Donahue and former BC coach Al Skinner, according to The Boston Globe.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to get on the court and help the team,” Jackson told The Boston Globe. “You have to be a leader and understand how to handle tough situations. It’s a different game as you go up every level, and the ones that are confident are the ones that stay around.”

Jackson will come into next season as the third strong point guard behind Russell Westbrook and Maynor but he will still fight for playing time. Jackson looked very good in the Thunder’s Summer League games averaging 15.3 points and 3.5 assists per game.

Jackson is a very good athlete that could easily blossom into a lockdown defender at the point guard position. He played with a ton of confidence in the Summer League and his offense improved in the process.

Jackson has a good knack for scoring inside and finishing with his long arms. Adding a solid jump shot to his arsenal is just what he needs to start getting more run.

Maynor will be in the last year of his contract next season which could make Jackson the backup point of the future is he proves himself.

“The biggest thing last year for me was I was questioning myself about certain things,” Jackson said. “You have to trust in your game. Once I got on the court I was thinking about everything instead of just playing. I’m getting back to just playing ball and having belief in my abilities.”

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