Throwback Thursday - Jim Jackson



James Arthur "Jim" Jackson, born October 14, 1970, played 14 NBA seasons, and was on the active roster of 12 different teams, tying the league record.

Jackson elected to forgo his final year of eligibility and was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the fourth overall pick of the 1992 NBA Draft after his junior season at OSU.

Jackson's rookie year was abbreviated due to a lengthy contract dispute where he held out for most of the season. As a result, he appeared in only 28 games in his first season in the league. 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 Mashburn and Jason Kidd in the following two seasons, Mavericks fans referred to the trio as the "Three J's".

During the 1994-95 season, Jackson averaged 25.7 points and 5.1 rebounds, finishing 5th in the NBA in scoring. However, he suffered an ankle injury after 51 games that year. 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. In the middle of the 1996-1997 season, Jackson was traded to the New Jersey Nets along with Sam Cassell, Eric Montross, George McCloud, and Chris Gatling for Shawn Bradley, Ed O'Bannon, Robert Pack, and Khalid Reeves.

Jackson then went on to play in the following teams:
1992–1997: Dallas Mavericks
1997: New Jersey Nets
1997–1998: Philadelphia 76ers
1998: Golden State Warriors
1999: Portland Trail Blazers
1999–2001: Atlanta Hawks
2001: Cleveland Cavaliers
2001–2002: Miami Heat
2002–2003: Sacramento Kings
2003–2004:Houston Rockets
2005–2006: Phoenix Suns
2006: Los Angeles Lakers

He is currently a basketball analyst on the Big Ten Network.

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