Want to learn how to pass the rock? Study Mark Jackson. Born and bred in Brooklyn, NY, Jackson was a street legend, high school star, collegiate standout and first round draft pick. He was drafted by his hometown Knicks with the 18th overall pick in 1987 after lighting up the Big East at St. John’s. As a rookie Jackson averaged 13.6 pts, 10.6 assists and won ROY. With Ewing and Oakley by his side, Jackson helped make the Knicks a perennial playoff contender. In ’92 he was traded to the Clippers for Charles Smith and Doc Rivers and helped lead the Clips to a few playoff births in the 90s. He was later traded to the Pacers, teaming up with Reggie Miller to make one of the most lethal backcourts in the NBA. We all know of the epic Playoff battles between the Knicks and Pacers when beating New York meant everything to Jackson. They did trade him after all… Shout out to Kevin for sending in this dope mix and shout out to Ben Osborne, SLAM’s Editor-in-Chief and Mark Jackson’s #1 fan.
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