Jackson comes from a basketball family. His brother, Troy ‘Escalade’ Jackson, was a streetball legend. In 2011, Mark lost his brother from a tragic death.
Mark Jackson was a physical point guard in the NBA
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jackson was around basketball at a young age. In high school, he was considered one of the top point guards in the nation. Jackson attended St. John’s University for college, where he played alongside future Hall of Famer Chris Mullin. After his time in college, Jackson entered the NBA draft. The New York Knicks selected Jackson with the 18th pick in the 1987 NBA draft. Jackson had an impressive rookie season, averaging 13.6 points and 10.6 assists and he was named the Rookie of the Year in 1988.
The next season Jackson had an even better year with the Knicks. He made the All-Star team for the first and only time during his career, and he averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game. That season the Knicks won the Atlantic Division title and earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Knicks lost to the Chicago Bulls in the conference semifinals. After five seasons in New York, he was traded to the LA Clippers after the 1991-92 season. He spent two seasons with the Clippers then played for the Indiana Pacers. During the 1996-97 season, he played 52 games for the Denver Nuggets then returned to the Pacers toward the end of the season.
In 2000, he played in the NBA Finals with the Pacers as they battled the LA Lakers. Jackson was the starting point guard during the finals as the Pacers lost to the Lakers in six games. Toward the end of his career, he played for the Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets. He also returned to the Knicks. Jackson finished his career averaging 9.6 points, eight assists, and 3.8 rebounds.
Meet Mark Jackson’s younger brother, Troy Jackson
Mark and Troy were very talented on the court. Troy was always the biggest player out there, weighing almost close to 500-pounds. Size did not matter as Troy was one of the best players on the court. He was very skilled at his size and could handle the ball very well. Troy played in college at Wallace Community College before transferring to the University of Louisville. While at Louisville, he dropped his weight down to about 363-pounds.
He only played in 20 games during his time at Louisville and averaged three points and 1.6 rebounds coming off the bench. In 2002, he joined the AND1 Mixtape Tour and became a well-known streetball player with AND1. He used the nickname ‘Escalade’ because of his size, and he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Troy gained a lot of followers during his time playing with AND1, and he always put on a show for the crowd.
Troy Jackson’s tragic death
In February of 2011, Troy died in his sleep. The cause of his death was hypertensive heart disease. He passed away during All-Star weekend at the age of 35. In an interview with the New York Post, Mark talked about how much of an impact his younger brother had. “He traveled all around the world and touched so many lives,” Mark said.
Troy was someone that everyone enjoyed being around. So many people felt his presence, and he had a huge impact on the streetball world. Some people called him a gentle giant because he had a big frame, but a sweet soul.