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Time to see what Jackson is worth

Time to see what Jackson is worth

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone is curious on what type of contract that Reggie Jackson is worth. Is he worth Harden money or is he worth money like a quality back up, some where in the neighborhood of 4-years, 30 million? It was something that was going to shine through brightly as Jackson was playing a very elite level off the bench. He had helped turn a struggling, inconsistent bench into one of the best in the league.

Well, we’re about to find out how much he’s worth.

If Jackson is able to come out and drop solid game after solid game, we’re going to see many teams foaming at the mouth to sign this third-year player out of Boston College.  However, the way Jackson has played in his four games as a starter seems to lean to the fact that Jackson may be better suited as a back up role. I’ll hold off on that prediction or assumption just yet. He’s started just four regular season games.

In his four regular season starts, He’s averaging 10.5 points per game, 4.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds. He’s shooting 36.2 percent and 20 percent from three-point range. His numbers are significantly better coming off the bench.

However, judging him by what he’s done on and off the bench isn’t exactly fair to Jackson. He’s continuing growing as a young player. He played some his rookie year, but as we’ve talked about, he’s growing a lot. He’s not that same player from his rookie season that we wanted to be benched and never see again. We got our wish then.

One thing that Jackson has really improved on is his ability to get to the basket. When he drives and gets to the rim, he’s shooting 55.4 percent at the rim. He’s shooting 51.4 percent even on shots within 16-feet.

Where Jackson struggles and has always struggled is shooting the three-point shot. He’s shooting 20 percent as a starter and just 30.9 percent overall. That’s not his shot location. Jackson’s ability to get to the within 16-feet. He’s shooting 51 percent within 16 feet.

We’d love to see Jackson turn into a Russell Westbrook, but I’ll be honest, I don’t want that. I want him to be Reggie Jackson and be aggressive, but share the ball and just take care of it, like a good point guard.  Yeah, we need more Jackson, but not to the point where he’s taking 19 shots, unless he’s feeling it. However, he needs more facilitation as a point guard.

We love Jackson, we do. However, this is going to very interesting over the next month or two watching this player grow and seeing what kind of contract that he’ll be able to garner. I think Oklahoma City needs Reggie and Reggie needs Oklahoma City.

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