Jerry Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974 in Kinston, North Carolina) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on June 24, 2006 along with Christian Laettner and the draft rights to Devin Harris from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Antawn Jamison and cash considerations.
Stackhouse attended the University of North Carolina and declared his eligibility for the NBA draft following his sophomore season. He was selected in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft with the third pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.
In his first season with the 76ers, Stackhouse lead his team with a 19.2 points per game (PPG) average, and was named to the NBA's All-Rookie team. In the 1996-97 season, the 76ers also drafted Allen Iverson. Combined, the two posted 44.2 points per game for the Sixers.
Midway through the 1997-98 season, Stackhouse was dealt to the Detroit Pistons with Eric Montross for Theo Ratliff, Aaron McKie and future considerations. By the 1999-2000 season, his second full season with the Pistons, Stackhouse was averaging 23.6 points per game. A year later, he had a career-high average of 29.8 points per game. In a late season victory over the Chicago Bulls, he set the Pistons' franchise record and the league's season high for points in a game with 57. Stackhouse saw his final action as a Piston with Detroit's elimination in the second round of the 2001-02 NBA playoffs.
During the 2002 offseason, Stackhouse was traded to the Washington Wizards in a six-player deal, the major name involved in the deal being Richard Hamilton.
In his first season with Washington, Stackhouse led the Wizards in points and assists per game with 21.5 and 4.5 respectively. He missed most of the 2003-04 season while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, playing in only 26 games.
In the 2004 offseason, Stackhouse along with Christian Laettner and the Wizards' first-round draft pick were traded to the Dallas Mavericks, for Antawn Jamison. Sidelined for 41 games during his first two seasons with Dallas due to groin and continued knee problems, Stackhouse served an important role for the Mavericks as a high-scoring sixth man upon his return. During the 2004-2005 playoffs, Stackhouse began wearing tights during games to keep his legs warm to aid his groin injury and hold his thigh sleeves in place; the practice quickly became a trend among NBA players, with Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and others adopting tights the following season.
At of the end of the 2005-2006 NBA season, Stackhouse was still coming off the bench as the 6th man for the Dallas Mavericks. Although he had been a significant factor in the team's initial NBA Finals series lead over the Miami Heat, the Heat eventually won the series 4-2. On June 16, 2006, NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson released a statement that Stackhouse would be suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals series for a flagrant foul on Shaquille O'Neal, which most view as being retaliatory for the elbows that O'Neal had delivered to teammate Dirk Nowitzki and Stackhouse. Jackson called the foul excessive and said it warranted a suspension. This action made Stackhouse the third player from the Mavericks suspended during the 2006 playoffs (Jason Terry was suspended for one game for punching San Antonio Spurs guard Michael Finley and DJ Mbenga was suspended six games for walking into the stands during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals).
Stackhouse's playing time lessened in Dallas over the next two seasons and the 6'6 forward left Dallas after the 2009 campaign as injuries continued to plague him. He sat out almost half the '09-'10 season before signing in late January with the Milwaukee Bucks.
He began the '10-'11 campaign with the Miami Heat but was released in late-November.
Jerry Stackhouse sings the National Anthem on 1/18/2007