New York Knicks: Top 5 point guards of all-time

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May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson reacts against the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Jackson

In the 1987 NBA Draft, the Knicks selected a player from their own backyard in Mark Jackson from St. John’s University with the 18th overall pick. Jackson would go on to have a fantastic rookie season with the Knicks, as he averaged a double-double with 13.6 PPG, 10.6 APG, 4.8 RPG, and 2.5 SPG, as he was a well-deserved Rookie of the Year.

Jackson would make his one and only All-Star team in his second season with the Knicks, as he elevated his scoring after his rookie season by averaging 16.9 PPG. Jackson would play five seasons with the Knicks before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jackson would return to the Knicks via a trade in 2001, but would be once again traded by the Knicks in 2002, as he finished with seven total seasons in New York.

Since his playing days are over, Jackson has been a color commentator for ESPN, and had successful tenure as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. In three years as a head coach, Jackson has a 121-109 record, and will likely be a head coach once again after a strange departure from Golden State.

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