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Change of scenery helps Jackson

Through 35 games, Stephen Jackson is averaging 19.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 3.7 apg.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Stephen Jackson is a true NBA nomad, but that doesn't mean he can't play the game, or help your fantasy lineup. The Charlotte guard/forward is on his sixth team in 10 years, but has been a consistent fantasy performer since 2003-04.

Jackson had his biggest statistical season last year with Golden State, averaging 20.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 6.5 apg. Then after going through issues with coach Don Nelson he was traded in November 2009 along with Acie law to the Bobcats for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic. He was averaging just 16.6 ppg surrounded by all the turmoil in Golden State.

There was thought that the trade to a more traditional offense (read - no longer on the run and gun Warriors) would hurt Jackson's statistics. Though they are down for the season due to the slow start, Jackson's numbers are still in line to be one of his three best overall years.

Through 35 games, Jackson is averaging 19.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 3.7 apg. He's been even better in January, posting 20.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.0 apg over five games.

The 6'8" multi-positional Jackson, gives the scoring-disadvantaged Bobcats (30th of 30 teams in ppg when he arrived) a new weapon which they have used well. He's averaging 20.2 ppg with his new team and they have gone 13-13 with him in the lineup (3-6 before he arrived). They are up to 28th in scoring.

Jackson was a second-round pick of the Phoenix Suns in 1997, but never played there. He played in the CBA, for the Sydney Kings of the Australian National Basketball League and for teams in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Jackson played his first NBA game for the New Jersey Nets in 2000-01. Since then Jackson has been on the roster in San Antonio, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State and now Charlotte.

Besides making baskets, Jackson is most well known for receiving a 30-game suspension after a brawl in Detroit involving both players and fans.

But here is what Nelson once said about Jackson. "I don't think that people realize how good a player Jackson is, he guards every night, he makes plays, he can shoot, and the only thing that he doesn't do is rebound. He makes everyone around him better."

Coming into the year, Jackson's ADP (Average Draft Position) was 50, making him an early fifth-round pick. He's playing at that level now and by season's end could be a bargain.

Stephen Jackson NBA Statistics

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