The only saving grace for him has been his status as the only player outside of the star duo on the roster even theoretically capable of creating a shot for himself. That might have changed Monday, with the team's surprise acquisition of Dion Waiters, a shot-happy guard whose skills overlap quite a bit with Jackson's.
Neither player is a particularly adept passer; their primary focus is often to create shots for themselves. According to Yahoo.com, however, the Thunder are looking to give Waiters the majority of the work at shooting guard, something that could really have a negative impact on what remains of Jackson's Fantasy value. According to Basketball-Reference.com, 43 percent of Jackson's minutes have come as a shooting guard. If Waiters is really going to be the first option there, Jackson may be relegated to working solely as a backup point guard behind Russell Westbrook, a position that won't leave many opportunities open for him.
Jackson is still owned in 93 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, which makes sense, because he's a very good handcuff option for Westbrook, who has missed 42.8 percent of the team's games over the last two seasons. Beyond that, however, it seems like this move only means bad things for Jackson, who has even more competition for shots and playing time now.
The fourth-year guard heard his name mentioned as part of the three-team trade that sent Dion Waiters from Cleveland to Oklahoma City. However, Jackson didn't know what to believe since he didn’t receive a call from his agent or brother, and “those two are the closest to me, so I wasn’t sure if it was true or not.”
"I was traded," Jackson said, when recalling his mindset when he heard he was on his way to New York, per NewsOK.com. "I was thinking I was going to go home and pack and that was about it."
Alas, Jackson was not traded. Waiters still ended up with Oklahoma City. The Cavs received J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, while the Knicks acquired Alex Kirk, Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas. The Thunder are also sending a protected future first-round draft pick to the Cavs, who are sending their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks.
Jackson is averaging a career-high 15.2 points per game in 2014-15. He is also averaging 4.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per games, which are also career highs.
Jackson had a total of 24 points in his last four games before turning on the jets Friday, and his 25 points marked his best scoring performance since Nov. 12. He also kicked in five assists, three rebounds and one block in 36 minutes off the bench. The Thunder will square off with the Pelicans Sunday.
Jackson came closer to a triple-double than he has all season despite picking up five personal fouls in the game. The double-double was his fourth of the season, but the Thunder were unable to avoid their sixth straight loss. They'll look to get back on track Wednesday against the Jazz.
Jackson missed all four of his three-point attempts in the loss, including one as the clock expired to deny his team a win. He's just 1 for 13 behind the arc over this last four games, but his 21 points represented his highest scoring total over that stretch. He also racked up eight assists, four rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes Friday. The Thunder will look to snap a five-game losing streak Sunday against the Warriors.
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