One of the biggest additions for the Oklahoma City Thunder this year was supposed to be the return of Eric Maynor.
Maynor was known as one of the best backup point guards in the NBA a season ago before suffering a knee injury that would make him miss the rest of the 2011-12 season.
Rookie Reggie Jackson took over for him last year and did so poorly, the Thunder went out and signed Derek Fisher who took over the role.
Maynor’s return this season has been a disappointment so far. No one really expected him to come in without missing a beat but there just haven’t been many signs of him returning to his old form.
Maynor looks slower than before. He’s small and weak and has trouble getting past his defender and initiating the offense. His shooting hasn’t been great either as he is shooting 31.3 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from downtown. He also isn’t a great defender so he becomes a liability in that way as well.
That’s why Jackson hasn’t gotten a chance these past few games. He’s gotten the bulk of the backup point guard minutes against Minnesota and Miami while Maynor has been riding the pine.
So far, Jackson hasn’t wowed or anything but he does look vastly improved from a year ago. He’s hesitant at times but still more aggressive and he is a great athlete that has no trouble handling on-ball defense and getting his own shot.
Jackson just isn’t a true point guard in the way that Maynor is and the Thunder would now be without a true distributor if Maynor is scratched from the lineup. This was an issue against the Heat as OKC finished with more turnovers than assists in the game.
The decision to go with Jackson instead of Maynor is not finalized or anything at this point. It may have simply been for matchups these past two games. But the job is definitely up for grabs and Scott Brooks has decided to give Jackson another look with Maynor struggling.