Patrick Ewing best teammates: Point Guard, Mark Jackson (1987-88 season)
Because Mark Jackson’s name has been attached to the New York Knicks head coaching position, many modern fans confuse his credentials as a coach with his contributions to the Knicks on the floor. Or if you are a little bit older, you probably remember him for making funny faces as he backed down opponents in the post as an Indiana Pacer.
If Twitter existed when Mark Jackson came into the league out of St. John’s, he would have made the hype for Frankie Smokes look calm.
Jackson won the 1987-88 Rookie of the Year Award with an incredible 82-game performance in which he averaged 13.6 points, 10.6 assists, and 2.5 steals. The 22-year-old seemingly made an amazing play every night on the court.
The ’87-88 Knicks were a fun team under new coach Rick Pitino. After getting off to a dreadful start, for the first time in Ewing’s career, they made the playoffs behind a high-pressure style of play that Pitino was famous for implementing wherever he coached. Mark Jackson made it all possible.
The Knicks are still looking for a point guard to produce like Jackson did during his rookie season. He gave the best point guard performance alongside Ewing.