College - Minnesota
Bobby Jackson begins his second season as an assistant coach after serving as the team's regional scout/player development. Jackson spent the 2009-10 season as the team's first-ever Ambassador after concluding his 12-year NBA career by announcing his retirement on October 23, 2009. As the team's regional scout/player development, Jackson was responsible for assisting President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie in the Kings' scouting department, handling player evaluations and preparing for the NBA Draft.
As the team Ambassador, Jackson represented the Kings throughout the Sacramento region, engaging with fans, promoting the team and making frequent appearances in the community to support the organization's initiatives.
Jackson played six of his 12 NBA seasons with the Kings, averaging 10.6 ppg (.440 FG%, .356 3pt%, .810 FT%), 3.2 rpg, and 2.2 apg in 365 games with Sacramento. Drafted by the Seattle Sonics (now Oklahoma City) with the 23rd overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and then traded to Denver on the night of the Draft, Jackson played for six teams in his NBA career: Denver, (1997-98), Minnesota (1998-99 - 1999-00), Sacramento (2000-01 - 2004-05, 2008-09), Memphis (2005-06), New Orleans (2006-07 -2007- 08), and Houston (2007-08). When he retired, Jackson ranked fifth in three-pointers made (381) and sixth in attempted (1,070) in Kings franchise history. He also ranked 10th in steals (356) in the Sacramento era.
Jackson averaged 9.7 ppg (.417 FG%, .354 3pt%, .793 FT%), 3.1 rpg, and 2.6 apg in 755 career games. In eight of his 12 seasons, Jackson played in the NBA Playoffs and averaged 9.2 points (.405 FG%, .270 3pt%, .807 FT%), 2.8 rpg, and 2.1 apg in 58 contests.
His best season came in 2002-03 when he earned the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award after averaging a career-best 15.2 ppg (.464 FG%, .379 3pt%, .846 FT%), 3.7 rpg, and 3.1 apg in 59 games. He became just the second point guard in league history to win the award, joining Orlando's Darrell Armstrong (1999). Jackson tallied a career-best 31 points versus the Clippers on Nov. 29, 2002.
Jackson remains one of the most beloved players in Sacramento-era history for his efforts both on and off the court. He established the Bobby Jackson Foundation in February 2004, a community-based organization created in honor of his mother, Sarah, who passed away in January 2002 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Additionally, he serves as the local spokesman for the Sacramento affiliate Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of his mother.
Jackson and his wife, Dona, are the proud parents of Breann (18), Kendrick (16), Skyy (12), and Sarah (9), and Sebella (3).