For BC's Reggie Jackson, who didn't see a whole lot of time on the floor during his first pro season with Oklahoma City, the NBA's Orlando Summer League offers a chance to impress his Thunder coaches. Jackson got off to a good start in his Summer League debut this afternoon, scoring 19 points on 7-15 shooting, notching three rebounds, two assists and committing four turnovers. However, it wasn't enough as the Thunder fell to the Boston Celtics 73-65.
Welcome To Loud City noted that unlike the regular season, Jackson came out extremely aggressive today, attacking the basket but failing to really impress when distributing the ball. Though his passing did improve throughout the game, and he wasn't without his moments.
However, he did have a few nice highlight reel plays, such as a quick steal for an easy dunk early in the first, an a short scoring battle he got into with E'Twaun Moore in the second quarter. Late in the game, Jackson proved to be a clutch scorer, hitting a deep step up three, and then driving the lane for a backwards layup. His coup de grace came when he scored an And 1 against Moore in the lane, actually drawing contact twice. Still, he tried to do way too much in the closing moments, probably costing Oklahoma City some crucial points.
He'll fill in nicely in the Ryan Hollins role if Ryan chooses to sign with the Clippers. He's a real active body with some good hops and length, but the basketball IQ isn't there. Early in the second half, he shot an Andrew Bynum three pointer. That kind of shot selection will put you on the bench right away.
Here's to hoping both Jackson and Williams use the NBA's Summer League to impress coaches enough to get a little more PT this coming season.