If Mika Vukona is the engine that runs the Breakers, Cedric Jackson is the accelerator that controls the pace and tempo of the team.
There is no better sight than Jackson in full flight as he seizes on an opposition turnover, or gathers an outlet pass, before unleashing a teammate for an early score in transition.
Equally adapt at organizing the offense in half court situations Jackson has demonstrated he is the man for all occasions as his record at the club shows;
10 Play-off Games
8 Play-off Victories
Fellow players and the Breakers coaching staff have openly spoken about Jackson’s competitiveness and his desire to win.
This will to win is evident at practice and burns like a beacon come game time. Prior to the play-offs it was mentioned in some quarters that Jamar Wilson (Adelaide) and Scottie Wilbekin (Cairns) had perhaps got the better of the Breakers point guard in some of the regular season games. That talk certainly acted as a spur to Jackson, in the semi-final and final, when his performances were truly dynamic.
In each game he ignited the Breakers offence in the opening exchanges helping forge early leads and putting the opposition under scoreboard pressure.
What also impressed me in the final four games was how well Jackson looked after the ball in those high-pressure encounters. For all his offensive prowess he had a turnover rate of 3.3 per game in the regular season – the highest in the NBL. However, in the play-offs, that was down to 1.8 per game with zero turnovers in game one against Adelaide and Grand Final game one in Cairns.
Jackson’s three quarter court buzzer beater in Perth has been viewed over 30,000 times on You Tube but he will be remembered by the 4,000 fans who packed North Shore Events Centre a couple of weeks ago for his outstanding all court display. 15 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals earned him the Finals MVP Award.
That display may also have done enough to earn him the 2014-15 Sky City Breakers MVP Award on Friday night. We wait with interest to find out.
Season at a glance;
- 3 seasons with the Breakers – 3 NBL championships
- 2015 Grand Finals MVP
- Led the league in Assists – 193 @6.0pg
- 2nd in the league in steals – 106 @2.2pg
- Breakers all time – 2nd in steals (232)
- Breakers all time – 3rd in assists (625)
- 2 triple doubles this season