Former San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson is eyeing a return to the NBA according to his recent Instagram video.
In June, it was reported that the Warriors had shown some interest in adding Jackson to their coaching staff. Jackson made it clear that he wasn’t quite ready to transition to the coaching ranks and felt he could still produce as a player.
May 2, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson (3) reacts during the second half of game two in the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Utah Jazz of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the AT
Jackson played four seasons with San Antonio on two different occasions. His first stint ran two years from 2001-03. His best season with the Spurs came during the 2003-03 season where he averaged 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He averaged 28 minutes per game and started 58 of his 80 appearances.
He would go on to have stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, before mentioned Golden State Warriors, then Charlotte Bobcats and Milwuakee Bucks before returning to San Antonio for the remainder of the 2011-12 season and part of 2012-13.
All and all, Jackson spent four seasons in San Antonio where he averaged 8.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals over his 179 games played. His best years did come when he was with Golden State. In four season with the Warriors, he averaged 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.4 steals per game also in 179 games.
In looking back at Jackson’s time with San Antonio, one game sticks out for me. In 2012 Spurs were facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals where the Thunder were leading 3-2 in the series. Jackson exploded for six 3-pointers and uttered the words, “We ain’t going nowhere.”
Though the Spurs ended up losing the series to Oklahoma City, Jackson’s performance solid as he finished with 23 points hitting 6-of-7 from long range.
Jackson, who announced his retirement last summer after 14 seasons has career averages of 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He last appeared on the court while with the Clippers in the 2013/14 season, where he played in only nine games and averaged 1.7 points in 11.9 minutes.