If you’re not sure who the Tulsa 66ers are, they’re a NBA Developmental farm team for your Oklahoma City Thunder. What they Thunder have been able to do due to the proximity of Tulsa to Oklahoma City is something unique for the most part. Not many teams have the close location of the Thunder. Because of the locations, Oklahoma City is able to send their young talent to Tulsa to help develop it. Allowing players like Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Jeremy Lamb to name a few players, get some needed game time experience. Yeah, practice is one thing, but game time situations really can tell how a player is truly developing.
In the past, the NBA limited how many times a player could be sent down to the D-League. With the new CBA, it has allowed teams to send and bring up any player as many times as they want. This has really shown to be a big pay off for Oklahoma City. Many times players such as Jeremy Lamb have been sent to Tulsa, to only be recalled the very next morning in time for him to make it back to Oklahoma City for a ball game. In this week’s case, Oklahoma City had four days off between games. Oklahoma City then sent all three young players, Lamb, Jackson and Jones to Tulsa for their two game home stand.
Coming into the home stand, Tulsa was 6-3 on the season. They had started the season 0-2, but with the influx of the Thunder talent, Tulsa was 3-1 in their last four games heading into the two game stretch against Iowa and Canton. The two wins over the weekend were huge. It surged the 66ers to the top of the Central Division and second in the league.
Tulsa 66ers 104, Iowa Energy 91
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The Tulsa 66ers took down the Iowa Energy, 104-91, on Friday night at the SpiritBank Event Center behind Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Reggie Jackson’s 27 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Fellow assignee Perry Jones collected a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds alongside DeAndre Liggins’ 14 points and 7 rebounds.
After shooting 16-for-42 (.381) in the first half and leading 42-38 at the break, the 66ers (7-3) outscored the Energy (2-6) 34-20 in the third quarter by going 14-for-19 (.737) from the field. Tulsa made 22 of its first 29 shots after halftime, fueled by 17 second-half points from Jackson.
Tulsa 66ers 99, Canton Charge 91
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The Tulsa 66ers picked up their third straight win over the Canton Charge with tie 99-91 win at the SpiritBank Event Center on Saturday night. The loss puts Canton at 6-7 on the year, while Tulsa extends their Central Division-leading record to 8-3.
Tulsa maintained a comfortable advantage throughout the final period, but the Charge found life late when Antoine Agudio hit three-pointers on three consecutive possessions to cut the deficit to 93-91 with 1:02 left. Canton couldn’t find the bottom of the net on their last three possessions, however, and the 66ers converted their last six free throw attempts to put the game away.
Oklahoma City assignee Reggie Jackson was nearly unstoppable as he posted 37 points on 14-of-19 shooting with nine rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes. Dominique Sutton contributed 18 points, five rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench. Perry Jones had eight points, four rebounds and two blocks in 38 minutes. Andy Rautins supplied 13 points, four rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes.
Reggie Jackson named NBA D-League Performer the Week
NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2012 – Reggie Jackson of the Tulsa 66ers was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Dec. 17-23.
A 6-3, 208-pound guard out of Boston College, Jackson led the 66ers to two wins while on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging a team-high 32.0 points to go with 8.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 37.5 minutes. He led the team in scoring and assists in both games, was the leading rebounder once.
Jackson, who was recalled by the Thunder on Dec. 23, has appeared in 14 games for Oklahoma City this season, averaging 1.9 points, 1.0 rebounds and 6.9 minutes.