Stephen Jesse Jackson ( born April 5, 1978 in Port Arthur, Texas ) is an American professional basketball player. He played in the NBA until April 2013 to the position of Small Forwards for the San Antonio Spurs.
Jackson wanted to attend the University of Arizona, but was not approved academic reasons. In 1997 he was selected in the NBA Draft in 43 out of the Phoenix Suns. The Suns released him on 30 October, however, again. He then played briefly in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA ) for the LaCrosse Bobcats, in the Australian National Basketball League for the Sydney Kings as well as in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
Before the season 2001/ 02 Stephen signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. However, he was plagued by injuries and missed 45 games. Only in the 2002/03 season he became an important part of the Spurs. In 80 games, he made an average of 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds; in the play- offs even 12.8 points per game. The Spurs won this season's NBA title.
In 2003 he became a free agent and signed with the Atlanta Hawks, for which he was able to record 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 80 games. On 12 March 2004 Jackson was able to achieve against the Washington Wizards Karrieregbestleistung of his 42 points.
After the 2003/ 04 season, Jackson was traded in exchange for Al Harrington to the Indiana Pacers. He received a 30 - game suspension by the NBA for his involvement in the Pacers - Pistons brawl of 19 November 2004. Besides, he had problems with the law in 2006 and it was banned by the NBA for seven games. That case involved a fight and shots from Jackson's gun. Whether it acted as alleged by Jackson in self-defense, is controversial.
On 17 January 2007 he was released by the Indiana Pacers along with Al Harrington, Šarūnas Jasikevičius and Josh Powell to the Golden State Warriors, who received in return, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod.
In March 2008, he was honored by the NBA for his involvement with the NBA 's Community Assist Award.
On 16 November 2009 the Golden State Warriors Jackson and teammate Acie Law gave off in exchange for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanović of the Charlotte Bobcats. In the previous off-season, Jackson had asked for a trade.
June 2011 Jackson was traded again. He moved from the Bobcats to the Milwaukee Bucks. There he played until March 2012 and then was traded again and returned to his former team, the Golden State Warriors back, which then passed it to the San Antonio Spurs. In return, Richard Jefferson went to Oakland. For the Spurs Jackson usually came off the bench and received in the course of the season a few minutes due to the heavy competition in the squad of the Texans. April 2013 Jackson was released before the start of the play -offs of the Spurs.
On April 13, Jackson was sent to the Waiver List of San Antonio Spurs. On December 10, he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, the player's shirt number is the first