The big positive from the Oklahoma City Thunder’s early exit in the NBA Playoffs was the inspired play of second year point guard Reggie Jackson. The former Boston College star was always confident in his ability, but fans and media alike were unsure of just how #15 would perform under the pressure of pro basketball’s most meaningful games. Yet, when Russell Westbrook’s knee injury and surgery sent a jolt that shook the Thunder foundation to the core – there was nothing Jackson could do but accept his starting role and try to calm himself as he navigated the storms that swept his way from Houston to Memphis to Oklahoma City.
And he came through like a champ. In all, Jackson started nine games in place of his all-star teammate and Reggie responded by averaging 15 points per game, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while committing very few turnovers. In fact, if there was any criticism of his play, it was Jackson’s tentative style even in games where he proved he could attack the basket, just like his sensational injured teammate. In other words, we wanted to see Jackson do MORE on offense, because he COULD. He just had to trust his own style and game in situations he had never faced as a pro.
NewsChannel 4’s Nate Feken reports from the Thunder practice facility on the solid impression Reggie Jackson made on his coach, his teammates…and himself. You’ll hear from Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, Thunder stars Russell Westbrook, Derek Fisher, Nick Collison and Reggie Jackson himself.