Athlete on the Rise: Reggie Jackson

My Weekly Sports


By Bobby Kirschenbaum

As the MVP conversation begins to heat up in the NBA, names like Curry, Harden and Westbrook take center stage.  With such dominant performances coming from these players on a nightly basis, playing time for other talented players on their teams is very limited, as the opportunities for these backups to showcase their skills are sporadic.  One of these supremely talented players happened to be Reggie Jackson, who had served as Russell Westbrook’s backup for his entire career on the Oklahoma City Thunder up until his recent trade to the Detroit Pistons.

During his tenure on the Thunder, Jackson saw limited playing time as Westbrook rose to stardom in the league.  In his 4 seasons in Oklahoma City, Jackson averaged a mere 9.0 points per game to go along with just three assists and three rebounds per game.  To be fair, numbers like these should be expected…

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