JOURNEYMEN: Jimmy Jackson
Career (1992-2006): Played for an NBA record 12 different teams (tied with Chucky Brown, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith).
However, the Houston Rockets successfully traded Jimmy Jackson to the New Orleans Hornets on December 27th, 2004. Jackson never reported to New Orleans, and never played a minute on the team, but by virtue of the Hornets owning his rights, Jimmy Jackson stands alone as the NBA player to be have been a part of the most franchises in league history.
885 games, 29,067 minutes, 12,690 points, 4,152 rebounds, 2,851 assists.
I will always remember him as Toledo, Ohio’s own Jimmy Jackson. Straight out of Macomber. Pride of the Glass City.
He won the State Championship in 1989 as a McDonald’s All-American, was Big Ten Freshman of the Year for The Ohio State Buckeyes in 1989-90, 2nd Team AP All-American in 1990-91, 1st Team the year after, as well as the UPI National Player of the Year. I idolized him. I honestly thought he was going to be Magic Johnson 2.0.
Jimmy Jackson is, by far and away, the best player to ever come out of my hometown, and I’m proud of his long career. You gotta be good if that many teams want you.