Over at ESPN Los Angeles, I wrote about how Stephen Jackson fits with the Clippers offensively and defensively. Here is an excerpt:
Jackson remains a potent, though streaky, offensive weapon.
Similar to Jamal Crawford, his greatest offensive strength is his ability to create shots from nearly any spot on the floor, even if they’re not always high-percentage looks. Age has sapped some of his athleticism and ability to beat defenders off the dribble, but he can still attack defenses off of weak-side closeouts and either finish at the rim or pass out to shooters.
Despite his transformation into more of a spot-up shooter with the Spurs (60 percent of his baskets have been assisted the last three years), he’s a below-average threat from beyond the arc — he’s a career 33.4 percent 3-point shooter and has been below 29 percent each of the last two seasons. He’ll need to regain his shooting touch to be effective in the Clippers’ offense, as he’ll most likely be stationed in the corners and running the baseline on most sets.
The most underrated part of Jackson’s game is his passing ability. He’s not always a willing passer — he can go through bouts of tunnel vision — but he’s been an above-average distributor when surrounded by talented supporting casts.
Given his lanky 6-8 frame and general fearlessness, Jackson is also capable of sliding over to power forward in small ball lineups and acting as a pseudo-point forward. Therefore, it’s possible Rivers could use him as a secondary ball-handler to aid Crawford and Darren Collison.