8. Mark Jackson

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Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York)

Mark Jackson was drafted at 1987 by the New York Knicks, at number 18 and played for them for five seasons. He was named Rookie of the Year for averaging 13,6ppg. 10,6ast. 4,8rpg. and 2,5stl..

Jackson played for the Knicks, the Clippers, the Nuggets and the Pacers through the 90s. His performance never dropped, he was one of the most consistent point guards of his era.

Mark Jackson was the definition of the playmaker, an unselfish player that knew how to run a team on the court. He was one of top players in assists per game every year that he played and he was able to take the best of his teammates. He knew where, when and how to find them on the court. So, it is not a surprise that he ranks third in all-time assists leaders with 10334 behind only John Stockton and Jason Kidd.

Reggie Miller, was Jackson’s teammate at the Pacers team and he was ecstatic about the accuracy and the way that Jackson used to pass him the ball. So, at a weird season (1996-97) that Jackson was traded from Pacers to Nuggets and then back again to the Pacers, he was the leader of the NBA in assists per game with 11,4 dimes per night.

Jackson never made the All-Star team during the 90s (he was an All-Star at 1988-89 season) and in general I could say that he was underrated, mostly because of the way he was playing the game. He wasn’t fancy although his passes were like razor blades, he wasn’t a scorer and that overshadowed the fact the he could play on a mediocre team and lead them to the later stages of the play-offs.

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Career 9.6 3.8 8.0 1.2 0.1
1992-93 14.4 4.7 8.8 1.7 0.1
1989-1999 10.0 4.0 8.3 1.3 0.1

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/jacksma01.html

Mark Jackson
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