Reggie Jackson left Boston College early, after his junior season, to enter the NBA draft in 2011. Jackson was then drafted in the first round by Oklahoma City. But with James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant already on the Oklahoma City roster, playing time was sure to be limited in Jackson's rookie season. Jackson would complete his rookie season appearing in 45 games and avergaing 3.1 points in those games.
This season though James Harden moved to Houston, opening up more time for Jackson. Jackson appeared in 70 games this season and averaged 14.1 minutes off the bench.
Fast forward to the playoffs and Russell Westbrook tears his meniscus in his knee in game 2 against the Rockets on Wednesday. That opened the door for Reggie to get the start on Saturday in game 3. Reggie Jackson finished with 25 minutes in his first start and basically split time with the verteran Derek Fisher who came in off the bench. Jackson finished as the Thunder's third leading scorer with 14 points but unfortunately had a +/- of -9. Jackson had 2 clutch free throws in the final minute to help the Thunder to a 3 point victory, giving them a 3-0 edge in the series.
Reggie Jackson figures to continue to get the nod at starting point guard for the rest of the playoffs. It is nice to season a former Eagle find some success in the NBA during the same week that the Eagles had no one drafted into the NFL for the first time since 2005.
Go Eagles! Go Thunder!