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Mark Jackson  

Former Golden State Warriors Head Coach & NBA Point Guard

Mark Jackson is an Former NBA point guard and head coach. He played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets 1987 to 2004. He was previously an NBA analyst for The YES Network's New Jersey Nets games. Jackson currently works as a color commentator for ESPN and ABC alongside his former coach Jeff Van Gundy.

Mark Jackson was made the 18th pick of the 1987 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. He teamed with Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley to turn the Knicks into a prime playoff team in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, before the Knicks peaked and became regular playoff contenders, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1992.

Mark Jackson had a steady career with the Knicks, averaging 13.6 points and 10.6 assists per game in his rookie season, earning him the 1988 Rookie of the Year award, the lowest overall draft pick ever to be so named. After the 1991-92 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers While with the Clippers, Jackson teamed with Danny Manning, Ron Harper and head coach Larry Brown to lead the Clippers to two playoff appearances of the 1990s (a feat that would not be repeated until 1997 and 2006).

Jackson later was traded to the Indiana Pacers followed by the Denver Nuggets before returning to the Pacers for a short while. Jackson left the Pacers that offseason for the Toronto Raptors.He played for the Utah Jazz for the 02-03 season, and one year later he joined the Houston Rockets.

Jackson is currently ranked 13th on the NBA all-time games list (1,296), 26th on the all-time minutes played list (39,121), 77th on the all-time three-point field goals made list (734), 65th on the all-time 3-point field goal attempts list (2,213), 2nd on the all-time assists list (10,323) and 23rd on the all-time steals list (1,608). Jackson made Rookie of the Year in 1988, and one year later he made All-Star appearance.

After retiring, Jackson worked as an analyst for New Jersey Nets on YES Network. He has also worked as an analyst for ABC, teaming with Mike Breen and former coach Jeff Van Gundy on these telecasts

At the end of the 2008 NBA season, Jackson unexpectedly quit his position with the YES Network.

Most recently, he served as head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2011-2014.

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