The Oklahoma City Thunder have settled on a 9-man rotation this season. Everyone else will be spending at least sometime in the D-League this season with the Thunder affiliate Tulsa 66ers.
The Thunder announced yesterday that they would be assigning Jeremy Lamb, Daniel Orton and now Reggie Jackson to the 66ers.
Lamb and Orton have already had short stints in Tulsa this season and it appears they will be bouncing back and forth for the time being.
This is the first occasion Jackson has been sent down and it is a little surprising. Before the start of the season head coach Scott Brooks said the backup point guard job was up for grabs between Jackson and Eric Maynor. Everyone was so impressed by Jackson too but now 20 games into the season he’s only played in half the games with just about all the minutes coming in garbage time.
Clearly, the Thunder just want to get these guys on the court for some actual game time instead of having them ride the end of the bench. And it seems that barring an injury, none of these guys will really get a shot to come in and shine this season.
Jackson was sent down to the D-League just once last season and for only one game where he dropped 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Lamb played three games for the 66ers last week and averaged 26.0 points per game. Orton started in five for the 66ers averaging over 10 per game.
Rookie Perry Jones III was not sent down this time because he suffered an ankle injury a few nights ago with Tulsa.
The Thunder will play the Indiana Pacers tonight at home and will have only 10 players ready to play in the game.