Reggie Jackson has not played well since starting guard like he did as the backup and some followers of the Oklahoma City Thunder wonder if head coach Scott Brooks could switch it up an promote Derek Fisher to the first unit. That likely won’t happen.
Responding to that question during Monday’s chat, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman wrote: “Brooks wants to maintain three offensive-minded players in the starting lineup. With the Thabo Sefolosha-Andre Roberson swap, you were replacing defense with defense. If Fisher started in Russell Westbrook’s place, you’d have him, Thabo and Kendrick Perkins on the court at the same time. And you thought Kevin Durant was carrying a big load right now?”
Slater is correct. OKC will just have to ride out using Jackson as the starter until Westbrook returns to the lineup, since they would have trouble scoring with Fisher in that role.
The Thunder lost to the Blazers on Tuesday and after the game Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman was critical of how head coach Scott Brooks used Jackson in the game. Afterward Mayberry wrote: “Using Jackson in this fashion is seriously the biggest reason why I think his days in OKC are numbered. There’s no reason a guy as talented as he is, with Russell Westbrook sidelined, should be subject to such sporadic minutes. He’s better than a backup at this point but will never start in OKC. And unless he’s getting not just starter’s minutes, but also sensible minutes, why stick around? Not to mention the money aspect. Remember this night when it comes time for Jackson to make a decision on his future.”
The good news for GM Sam Presti is he can take his time regarding Jackson as the point guard is signed until at least 2015 and they do have the right to match any offer sheet. Should Presti decide to cash in with Jackson due to his high value, a deal will probably come in the summer. With Jackson on the roster the team has a better shot of getting to the 2014 NBA Finals than they do without him.