Jim Jackson (born October 14, 1970, in Toledo, Ohio) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1992 NBA draft.
Jackson, a McDonald's All-American out of Macomber High School in Toledo, played three seasons at Ohio State before declaring for the NBA draft. With the Buckeyes, Jackson saw his scoring average rise each year from 16.1 points per game as a freshman to 22.4 ppg his junior year as he led the team in scoring each season. He was named Freshman of the Year in the Big 10 in 1989-1990 and then followed that up with two seasons as a first team UPI All-American. His final season at Ohio State he was also UPI's National Player of the Year.
The Mavs selected Jackson with the fourth overall pick in 1992 but signing him didn't prove easy. He held out most of his rookie season and didn't sign a contract until March 3, 1993 allowing him to play in only 28 games that year.
In 1993-1994 Jackson began to flourish. He tied that season's first round pick Jamal Mashburn for the team's scoring lead at 19.2 ppg while appearing in all 82 games. The next season, the 6'6 swingman really came into his own and finished the first month of the season with an amazing 29.8 ppg average...still the best November in the Mavs' history. Unfortunately, after 51 games, Jackson suffered a severe ankle injury and upon his return never seemed to be the same player.
In the next nine seasons, Jackson had stints with Philadelphia, Golden State, Portland Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, Sacramento, Houston, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Lakers, in addition to Dallas and New Jersey. Twelve teams in all which ties an NBA league record for most franchises in a career.
He was honored by his alma mater Ohio State in 2001 when they retired his jersey number 22. Jackson was also part of the inaugural class of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Today he is a studio analyst for the Big Ten television network.
Jackson still ranks in the Dallas Mavericks' all-time top ten in field goals, field goal attempts, free throws, free throw attempts, assists and 3-point field goal percentage.