Thunder’s Reggie Jackson Preps to Start
For Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, the season starts now, 6,000 miles away in Istanbul (Saturday, 9 a.m. ET, NBA TV).
Forget that it’s the preseason. Because starting with these two international games and the seven total exhibition games Jackson could start this month amount to just two fewer than the games he’s started for real in his brief career.
All nine of Jackson’s starts came during last season’s failed postseason following the meniscus tear to Russell Westbrook‘s right knee in Game 2 of the first round. With Westbrook homebound for OKC’s trip to Turkey and England, and sidelined for the first four to six weeks of the season after an unexpected second surgery to his knee earlier this week, Jackson stands to be the Thunder’s starting point guard for more than one-quarter of the regular season.
So these seven preseason games take on heightened importance for a player who averaged 14.2 mpg last season before his accelerated foray into the postseason, as well as for a team with championship aspirations.