The Oklahoma City Thunder have decided to exercise the third-year option on second-year point guard Reggie Jackson.
Jackson played in 45 games last season for the Thunder as a rookie. He averaged 11.1 minutes per game, 3.1 points and 1.6 assists.
Jackson was thrust into the backup point guard role when Eric Maynor suffered his knee injury just nine games into the season. It was too much for Jackson to handle and the Thunder went out and got Derek Fisher to replace him in that role later on in the season.
Jackson has impressed very much since then with his development. He looked amazing in the Summer League after the season and in the preseason looked pretty good too often entering the game before Maynor did.
The backup point job this season looks like it will be Maynor’s to lose but Jackson will be given a chance too. Jackson also seems to be the Thunder’s guy for the future as he is now guaranteed to make $1.33 million in the 2013-14 season.
Thunder GM Sam Presti said Sunday that Maynor will not be getting a contract extension meaning he will become a restricted free agent next season. Presti said the Thunder would like to keep him but will look at that when the time comes.
Some thought OKC may decide to offer Maynor an extension with Harden now out but having Jackson on the roster as well may very well be the reason Presti did not.
Jackson will get a chance this season especially with Harden gone now too. Don’t be surprised if he is out there over Jeremy Lamb early in the season, even playing beside Maynor as well.