Jerry Stackhouse Biography

Jerry Stackhouse Jerry Stackhouse Biography

Claim to Fame: Dallas Mavericks Basketball Player
DOB: November 5, 1974
Diabetes Type: unknown

Jerry Stackhouse was born on November 5, 1974 in the small town of Kinston, North Carolina. With his mother as the pastor for Foster Chapel, Jerry and his 10 siblings spent much of their childhood in church. It was here that he learned the behaviors and attitudes that would launch him into a successful professional basketball career.

During his senior year of playing basketball at Oak Hill Academy, Stackhouse averaged 24 points and 8 rebounds per game, leading his team to a number one nationwide ranking. He was named Most Valuable Player of the McDonald’s High School All-American Game after he gave an outstanding performance in the high school national championship.

Stackhouse then went on to play at the University of North Carolina where he was one of only three freshmen to ever win the Everett Case Award as MVP of the ACC Tournament. Then, in 1995 he took the Tar Heels to the Final Four of the NCAA Championship Tournament. With an average of 19.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as only a sophomore, he was named College Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and First Team All-American by the Associated Press.

After his sophomore year his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in an attempt to help out financially he entered the National Basketball Association Draft. He was chosen in the first round with the third pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995. During his first season in the NBA he led his team in scoring 26 times, and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie team. He was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Month for March, when he averaged 22.3 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 blocks in the 15 games that he played in that month.

Midway through the 1997 to 1998 season, Stackhouse was traded to the Detroit Pistons where he averaged a career high 29.8 points per game and led the league in made free throws (666) by the 2000 to 2001 season. He scored 30+ points in four consecutive games two different times, and was ranked first in total points with 2,380. Stackhouse led the team in assists with an average of 5.1 per game, and was the third highest scoring guard in the NBA. It was here that he scored not only a franchise record, but a season-high and career-high of 57 points against the Chicago Bulls. His outstanding play with the Pistons finally got him recognized as one of the leagues most talented players, and also earned him a spot for the All-Star Game.

During the 2002 off season, Stackhouse was traded to the Washington Wizards where he led the team in both points and assists per game in only his first season there. He averaged 21.5 points per game and 4.5 assists per game. After missing the majority of the following season due to knee surgery, Stackhouse was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in June of 2004. However, his playing time didn’t return back to normal immediately. For his first two seasons with the Mavs he continued to have groin and knee problems that prevented him from playing 100% of the time.

Stackhouse plays the significant 6th man role for the Mavericks, and helped lead Dallas to an NBA Finals series appearance in the 2005 to 2006 season. He averaged 13 points, 2.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game, and shot a career high of 88.2% from the free throw line that season. He also single-handedly outscored the other team’s entire bench seven separate times, and led the team in assists 11 times. Stackhouse is still currently playing with the Dallas Mavericks as both a shooting guard and small forward.

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Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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