13. Jim Jackson
Younger NBA fans will recognize Jim Jackson as somebody who calls nationally televised games, but did you know in his third season in the league with the Dallas Mavericks, Jackson averaged a ridiculous 25.7 points per game?
The career of Jackson was long and fruitful one, and he was in the league from 1992 all the way up to 2006. That stint with the Mavericks was as good as it would get for him though, with Jackson playing for no fewer than 11 other organizations after leaving Dallas. Lost to time was the fact he shot 36.6 percent from deep for his career, and definitely could have made money in today’s NBA.
By the time Jackson got to the Suns, he was 34 and his best days were behind him. Averages of 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 67 games (four starts) tell their own story, but to Jackson’s credit he did shoot 38.9 percent from deep on over three attempts per game. Again, ahead of his time.
Jackson makes this list only because the start of his career, statistically at least, looked so promising from the offset. Interestingly however, he never managed to make an All-Star team, despite that blistering start to life as a professional.
He had already bounced around the league plenty by the time he arrived in Phoenix, and the Suns were contenders and knew what they were getting here. To be fair to him though, he played in 15 playoff games, averaging 11 points and 4.1 rebounds. After leaving, Jackson would play only 13 more games for the Lakers, before calling it a career.