- Jim Jackson (basketball)
infobox NBA Player
name = Jim Jackson
caption = Jackson, as a member of the
Phoenix Suns, signing autographsbefore a game in Cleveland, Ohioduring the 2005-06 NBA season.
height_ft = 6 | height_in = 6 | weight_lbs = 220
nationality = American
birth_date = birth date and age|1970|10|14
high school = Macomber (Toledo)
college = Ohio State
draft = 4th overall
draft_year = 1992
career_start = 1992 | career_end =
Dallas Mavericks(1992–1997) New Jersey Nets(1997) Philadelphia 76ers(1997–1998) Golden State Warriors(1998) Portland Trail Blazers(1999) Atlanta Hawks(1999–2000) Cleveland Cavaliers(2001) Miami Heat(2001–2002) Sacramento Kings(2002–2003) Houston Rockets(2003–2004) New Orleans Hornets(2004) Phoenix Suns(2004–2006) Los Angeles Lakers(2006)
awards = Big Ten Basketball MVP (1991, 1992)
UPI College BasketballPlayers of the Year (1992)
James Arthur (Jim or Jimmy) Jackson (born
October 14 1970in Toledo, Ohio) is an American professional basketballplayer in the National Basketball Association, most recently for the Los Angeles Lakers. Over his 14 NBA seasons, Jackson has been on the active roster of 12 different teams.
High school and college career
Jackson, is a 6'6" (198 cm), 220 pound (100 kg)
shooting guard. Jackson starred at Toledo Macomber in Toledo, Ohio. The former McDonald's All Americanled Macomber to the State Championship game.
Jackson was recruited by the
Ohio State UniversityBuckeyes. The gifted swingman instantly contributed, starting as a freshman for the 1989-1990 season, Jackson averaged 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 49.9% from the field. He played two more seasons through 1991-1992, earning consensus First Team All American honors in 1991 and 1992 UPI college basketball, and the UPI player of the year in 1992.
Jackson's number (22) was retired at Ohio State in 2001.
Jackson elected to forgo his final year of eligibility and was drafted by the
Dallas Maverickswith the fourth overall pick of the 1992 NBA Draftafter his junior season at OSU.
With the Mavericks, Jackson played sparingly in his rookie season (largely due to a contract dispute with the team), appearing in only 28 games. He started in all 82 games the following season, averaging 19.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 37.4 minutes per game. With the drafting of
Jamal Mashburnand Jason Kiddin the following two seasons, Mavericks fans affectionately referred to the trio as the "Three J's". Jackson appeared to be on his way to NBA stardom in 1994-95 when an ankleinjury short-circuited his third professional season after 51 games. He was averaging 25.7 points, the fifth-best mark in the league, and 5.1 rebounds when he went down. Jackson came back to average 19.6 points in 1995-96. However, controversy surrounded the Mavericks as a rift between Jason Kidd and Jackson emerged. Unsubstantiated rumors point to a love triangle between Kidd, Jackson, and singer Toni Braxton(both players denied ever meeting Braxton). In the middle of the 1996-1997 season, Jackson was traded to the New Jersey Netsalong with Sam Cassell, Eric Montross, George McCloud, and Chris Gatlingfor Shawn Bradley, Ed O'Bannon, Robert Pack, and Khalid Reeves.
New Jersey Nets
Jackson played and started in only 31 games with the Nets to finish the 1996-1997 season averaging 16.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with them.
The following off-season, the Nets coveted highly-touted forward
Keith Van Hornout of Utah. In a bidding war with the Chicago Bullsamong other teams, they traded Jackson along with Eric Montrossand their two first round picks Tim Thomas and Anthony Parkerto the Philadelphia 76ersfor Michael Cage, Don MacLean, Lucious Harris, and the rights to Van Horn, the second overall pick in the 1997 draft.
Jackson played in 48 games for the 76ers in the 1997-1998 averaging 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game with decreased minutes from previous seasons. Jimmy Jackson was reported to be unhappy with his decreased role and shooting playing with
Allen Iverson, who was viewed as the 76er's franchise player.
In the middle of the 97-98 season, the 76ers traded Jackson along with
Clarence Weatherspoonto the Golden State Warriorsfor Joe Smith and Brian Shaw. All four players would be free agents at the end of the season, with the 76ers fearing an inability to re-sign Jackson and the Warriors fearing an inability to re-sign Smith.
Golden State Warriors
Although Jackson saw an increased role as the Warriors’ starting shooting guard, averaging 18.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 40.6 minutes per game for the remainder of the 97-98, he disliked playing for a losing franchise. In the offseason, Jackson signed with the
Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland Trail Blazers
Jackson hobbled through the 1998-99 season with numerous injuries. He averaged 8.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 24 minutes per game (which at that point were career lows).
Despite having talent and depth, the Trail Blazers were plagued by injuries, attitude problems on the court, and legal problems off the court.Fact|date=May 2007 In an effort to clean up their image and team chemistry in the 1999 off-season, the Trail Blazers traded or chose not to re-sign many of their players. Jackson, along with talented but troubled
Isaiah Riderwas traded to the Atlanta Hawksfor Steve Smith.
For the 1999-2000 season, Jackson played in 79 games for the Hawks averaging 16.7 points and 5 rebounds per 35 minutes. Jackson suited up for only 17 games for the Hawks in the 2000-2001 season.
After voicing his displeasure with losing, Jackson was traded with
Larry Robinsonand Anthony Johnsonin January 2001 to the Cleveland Cavaliersfor Brevin Knight.
Hailing from nearby Toledo and a product of
The Ohio State University, Jackson's trade to the Cavaliers was viewed by many as a homecoming of sorts. Additionally, Jackson was happy to be part of a team that, as an early season success story, was eyeing the playoffs for the 2000-2001 season despite a run of injuries to a number of key players. Playing in 39 games and starting only 26 of them, Jackson's stats for the Cavailers were modest, 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in only 29.2 minutes per game. The Cavaliers went on to finish 30-52 and miss the playoffs that season. Jackson did not receive an offer from the Cavaliers or any other team in the following off-season.
For the start of 2001-2002 season, Jackson did not have a team. He did not play in the month of November, before signing with the
Miami Heatin December 2001. The Heat, already with a shallow bench, signed Jackson to mitigate the effects of injuries to key players. Jackson averaged 10.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 33.2 minutes per game, appearing as a starter in some games as injuries warranted. Again, Jackson did not receive an offer from Miami or any other team in the following off season.
For the start of 2002-2003 season, Jackson again did not have a team. For the second straight season, he did not play in the month of November. Jackson eventually signed with the
Sacramento Kingsin December 2002 to bolster their bench. In 63 games off the bench, Jackson averaged 7.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in only 20.8 minutes per game. However, he showed flashes of brilliance and played well during crucial moments of games. Jackson saw his stock rise, and as a free agent, received a two year offer from the Houston Rocketsthe following off season.
Houston Rockets/New Orleans Hornets
Jackson played in 80 games for the 2003-2004 season, starting in all of them. He averaged 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 39 minutes per game. He returned for the 2004-2005 season, again putting up decent statistics as a starter for the first 24 games.
Despite averaging 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 41.3 minutes per game, the Rockets dealt Jackson along with
Bostjan Nachbarto the New Orleans Hornetsfor David Wesley. Although Hornets General Manager Allan Bristowlooked forward to the additions of Nachbar and Jackson, Jackson refused to report to the Hornets, an act for which he was suspended. [ [http://www.nba.com/hornets/news/jackson_041229.html Hornets Suspend Jackson Indefinitely] , December 29, 2004] Without ever appearing in a Hornets uniform, Jackson was traded to the Phoenix Sunsfor Maciej Lampe, Casey Jacobsen, and Jackson Vroman.
Jackson finished the 2004-2005 season with the Suns averaging a modest 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per 24.9 minutes per game. Although re-signed in the following offseason, Jackson was waived at the beginning of March 2006 after spending nearly two months on the bench without playing any minutes. Jackson averaged career lows of 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per 15.6 minutes in 27 games. Immediately after being waived, Jackson was claimed by the
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
Jackson finished the 2005-2006 season with Lakers, playing in only 13 games with averages of 1.7 points and .9 rebounds per 7 minutes. Jackson did not receive an offer to sign with any team in the following off season.
* [http://www.nba.com/historical/playerfile/index.html?player=jim_jackson nba.com/historical/playerfile]
* [http://www.nba.com/playerfile/jim_jackson/ Profile at NBA.com]
* [http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/teammatefeuds/031103.html Love Triangle between Kidd, Braxton, and Jackson]
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