Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson improved his game from year one to year two this past season. However, he still has a long ways to go in order to take his game to the next level. The one thing that helps him in his process is his desire to become great.
The 23-year-old plans on spending a majority of his time this summer in the gym working to get better. Even when he is not doing any serious workouts, but rather just a simple shootaround, Jackson will be giving it a 110 percent on the court. He understands that everything must be treated like a game situation if he wants to be an asset for the Thunder next season.
“I think the great ones, that’s what they do, offensively, defensively, always in attack mode, always in a fight,” Jackson said, according to Newsok.com. “Whether others follow or not, they just bring their best every day and that’s the kind of mentality I believe you have to have. I’ll just try to keep that in the back of my mind; stay hungry, humble, just work on always being in attack mode, whether it be in pickup games (or) workouts getting ready for next season.”
Jackson averaged 5.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 14.2 minutes per game during the 2012-13 NBA regular season. He also managed to convert 45.8 percent of his 4.6 field goal attempts and 23.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
Obviously, with a talented player such as Russell Westbrook ahead of him on the depth chart, it is hard to get consistent playing time. With that being said, Jackson stepped his game up tremendously in the postseason after Westbrook tore his lateral right meniscus. In 11 games (nine starts), Jackson averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 33.5 minutes per game. His shooting percentages also increased dramatically, despite the fact that he took far more shot attempts.
There is no question Jackson impressed his coaches and teammates, which means expectations will be higher next season. The good news is Jackson is ready to show he can accomplish big things when given more opportunities.