2004-05 Player HQ
Number: 1 Height: 6-8 Weight: 218 Birthday: 4/5/78
A versatile, athletic player who can fill a variety of needs, Jackson should be one of the leading contenders for the NBA Sixth Man award. After starting most of the past two seasons, he'll come off the bench behind Reggie Miller at shooting guard. A solid 6-8, Jackson also can spend some time at small forward. Though a streaky shooter, he has excellent range. Jackson also is an excellent slasher who can get to the basket and make things happen -- either creating a shot for himself or a teammate, or drawing a foul and going to the free-throw line. These are all areas where the Pacers were often left wanting last season. Though not a lock-down defender, Jackson has length, strength and quickness and will give the coaching staff much more flexibility with backcourt matchup assignments. A fiery, emotional and competitive player whose zest for winning borders on the obsessive, Jackson also will play an important leadership role on and off the court. He's the only guy in the locker room with a ring, and that brings instant credibility.