NBA Draft Grades 2011: Thunder Wear The Black Hat, Take Reggie Jackson

Going into the 2011 NBA Draft, one of the great mysteries among draftniks was what team had promised to take Boston College point guard Reggie Jackson in the first round.

Mystery solved!

Gained: Reggie Jackson.

Gave up: Innocence.

Synopsis: Jackson, in case you missed it, hid from basically every NBA team during the run-up to the draft. He no-showed the combine, canceled workouts left and right, refused to even meet with teams and was a general nuisance for anyone thinking about drafting him.

Why? Because the Thunder told him to. OKC wanted him at No. 24. Now they'll try to peddle solid back-up point guard Eric Maynor for a reserve big man or wing and get cheaper and younger in the process. The age of innocence in Oklahoma City ended when Russell Westbrook made himself a national villain in the playoffs. Now Sam Presti has lost his halo, too.

Grade: B.

For more on Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City.

Hit our 2011 NBA Draft hub for full coverage of the aftermath.

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