This was going to be a post about professional NBA journeyman, Chucky Brown. Brown used to solely own the NBA record for the most teams played for with 12. That record was later tied by Tony Massenberg and Jim Jackson. I opted to go with Jackson for this post, because his career really went through almost every stage imaginable.
Jackson was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1992 draft, he was picked 4th overall behind Shaq, Alonzo Mourning and the completely mediocre Christian Laettner. When drafted, Jackson refused to play for the Mavericks. He said he would never sign with them and never play for the club. When he realized this was an empty threat he signed with the team late in the season, appearing in only 28 games.
Jackson later was part of the “Three Js” in Dallas teaming with Jason Kidd and Jamal Mashburn. The trio was supposed to lead the Mavericks to a position of power in the west. This never happened. Jackson was known for a rotten attitude while in Dallas and despite averaging 25 a game in 1994-95, Jackson was shipped to Nets in a HUGE nine-player deal in February of 1997. Jackson lasted in New Jersey for only 31 games before being traded again that summer.
When it was all said and done, Jackson was traded a total of seven times, signed as a free agent five times, and made over $30M.
I’ll probably remember Jackson most for his days at Ohio State. He was the leader of some very good teams in Columbus, and they played the Fab Five of UofM pretty tough.
Jackson is especially interesting to me for two reasons:
1. He played for 12 teams. That’s just unreal. If that doesn’t make a player officially mediocre, I don’t know what does.
2. Jackson basically played every single role a player can have in a career. He was a star (albeit, very briefly), a solid starter, a scoring sixth man off the bench, a role player and a bench warmer. The guy had it all!
Jackson currently works for the Big 10 Network.