Hawks Acquire Al Harrington In Trade For Stephen Jackson


Atlanta Spirit President & CEO Bernie Mullin (left), Al Harrington and Hawks GM Billy Knight are all smiles at Thursday's press conference.

HAWKS OBTAIN AL HARRINGTON
FROM INDIANA FOR STEPHEN JACKSON

  • NBA.com: Al Harrington Profile

    ATLANTA, GA (July 15, 2004) ----- The Atlanta Hawks have obtained forward Al Harrington from the Indiana Pacers in a trade for swingman Stephen Jackson, it was announced this afternoon by General Manager Billy Knight.

    "This was a great opportunity to continue improving our roster and Al adds a great deal of size and experience to our young club," said Knight. "In 1998, I participating in the discussion to select him in the Draft, so I am very familiar with his abilities. He will give us tremendous options at both forward positions, and he excels at putting the ball on the floor and creating his own shot."

    Second to Antawn Jamison in voting for the 2003-04 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, Harrington (right) averaged a career high 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Pacers, ranking third on the team in both categories, and shot 46.3% from the field and .734 from the FT line. Of his 12 double-doubles (second most on the team), 11 came as a reserve, the second most in the NBA to Orlando's Drew Gooden (13).

    Harrington started in 15 of 79 games this year, with the Pacers recording a 12-3 mark in those games. He had 12 double-doubles - 11 as a reserve - the second most in the NBA to Orlando's Drew Gooden's 13.

    During the 2004 Playoffs, Harrington registered 9.5 points and 6.4 rebounds in 16 games on 43 percent shooting from the field, his best postseason showing to date. In Indiana's first round series against Boston, he was the Pacers' leading scorer off the bench with 14.5 ppg in four games. He followed that up with averages of 7.7 and 8.0 points in playoff series against Miami and Detroit.

    A 6-9 forward from Orange, New Jersey, Harrington prepped at St. Patrick's High in Elizabeth, NJ and he was the first player ever drafted from the high school ranks by the Pacers. Selected 25th in 1998 Draft, the fifth-year pro was named USA Today's National Player of the Year as well as a 1998 McDonald's High School All-American after his senior season.

    Harrington brings career averages of 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds to Atlanta, while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and .734 from the charity stripe. In a December 23, 2002 game against his new team, he tallied a career-high 40 points on 15-of-25 field goals (2-2 3FGs) and eight-of-nine FT attempts.

    Jackson, a 6-8 swingman who has four years of NBA experience, averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season in his only campaign with the Hawks.

    Atlanta Hawks season tickets can be purchased by calling (404) 827-DUNK or by visiting the team's web site at www.hawks.com. The Hawks, a member of the National Basketball Association since 1949, will open the 2004-05 campaign in the newly-created Southeast Division, along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards.


    Left: Al Harrington with Hawks VP of Basketball Dominique Wilkins. Right: Harrington with Atlanta Spirit LLC co-owners Rutherford Seydel and Michael Gearon Jr.

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    HARRINGTON'S CAREER AVERAGES

    REBOUNDS PER GAME

    YEAR

    TEAM

    G

    GS

    MPG

    FG%

    3P%

    FT%

    OFF

    DEF

    RPG

    APG

    SPG

    BPG

    TO

    PF

    PPG

    98-99

    IND

    21

    0

    7.6

    .321

    .000

    .600

    1.00

    .90

    1.90

    .2

    .19

    .10

    .52

    1.20

    2.1

    99-00

    IND

    50

    0

    17.1

    .458

    .235

    .703

    .90

    2.20

    3.20

    .8

    .50

    .18

    1.30

    2.60

    6.6

    00-01

    IND

    78

    38

    24.3

    .444

    .143

    .656

    1.50

    3.40

    4.90

    1.7

    .81

    .23

    1.90

    2.90

    7.5

    01-02

    IND

    44

    1

    29.8

    .475

    .333

    .799

    2.20

    4.10

    6.30

    1.2

    .93

    .48

    1.77

    3.80

    13.1

    02-03

    IND

    82

    37

    30.1

    .434

    .283

    .770

    1.90

    4.30

    6.20

    1.5

    .87

    .40

    1.99

    3.40

    12.2

    03-04

    IND

    79

    15

    30.9

    .463

    .273

    .734

    2.10

    4.40

    6.40

    1.7

    1.01

    .28

    2.06

    3.20

    13.3

    Career

    354

    91

    25.8

    .451

    .256

    .736

    1.70

    3.60

    5.30

    1.4

    .80

    .30

    1.77

    3.00

    10.1

    Playoff

    25

    2

    22.8

    .371

    .182

    .556

    1.70

    3.40

    5.10

    .8

    1.16

    .48

    1.56

    3.40

    7.0