Second year guard Reggie Jackson may not get a ton of time for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but when he is on the court his impact on the game is definitely noticeable. The athletic point guard out of Boston College only sees less than 15 minutes per game — 12.9 minutes, to be exact — and only averages 4.7 points and 1.6 assists, so it’s not like he’s a stat sheet stuffer by any means. But what he does bring to the table is more athleticism to the Thunder’s back court.
Jackson definitely makes the most of his playing time. Almost every game, Jackson will give the Thunder a highlight-worthy dunk, key steal or big jump shot that energizes the team and the arena. Jackson is also a pesky defender that is able to pressure the basketball and cover both point guards and some wings, allowing the Thunder to play both him and Russell Westbrook at the same time to give them an explosive back court.
The Thunder committed to Jackson as their primary back up point guard when they traded Eric Maynor away to the Portland Trail Blazers for next to nothing and the more appears to have been the right one. While Jackson is erratic at times and his jumper is inconsistent, he brings a needed dimension to the Thunder’s rotation, albeit in a limited role.
Jackson may never get much playing time behind Westbrook, but if he can continue to play as aggressively as he has lately he will be an asset for the Thunder for years to come.