25. Mark Jackson
A native New Yorker, Jackson immediately excelled as a Knick. The Knicks selected the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jackson out of St. John’s University with the 18th pick in the 1987 draft. Jackson proceeded to secure a spot on the 1988 NBA All-Rookie first team and he captured that year’s Rookie of the Year award. Jackson ultimately became a journeyman who competed for seven franchises in an 18-year career. Overall, Jackson averaged 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 1,296 games as a professional.
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24. Sam Cassell
Cassell was a vastly underrated performer on the hardwood. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Cassell helped the Houston Rockets capture two crowns and he served as a valuable role player for the Boston Celtics squad that won the title in 2008. Cassell averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 assists, 3.2 boards and 1.1 steals over 993 contests in the association.
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