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Al Harrington traded for Stephen Jackson

 


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/ July 15, 2004

The Atlanta Hawks have obtained forward Al Harrington from the Indiana Pacers in a trade for swingman Stephen Jackson.

"This was a great opportunity to continue improving our roster and Al adds a great deal of size and experience to our young club," said Knight. "In 1998, I participating in the discussion to select him in the Draft, so I am very familiar with his abilities. He will give us tremendous options at both forward positions, and he excels at putting the ball on the floor and creating his own shot."

Second to Antawn Jamison in voting for the 2003-04 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, Harrington averaged a career high 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Pacers, ranking third on the team in both categories, and shot 46.3% from the field and .734 from the FT line. Of his 12 double-doubles (second most on the team), 11 came as a reserve, the second most in the NBA to Orlando's Drew Gooden (13).

Harrington started in 15 of 79 games played this year, with the Pacers recording a 12-3 mark in those contests. He had 12 double-doubles - 11 as a reserve - the second most in the NBA to Orlando's Drew Gooden (13).

During the 2004 Playoffs, Harrington registered 9.5 points and 6.4 rebounds in 16 games on 43 percent shooting from the field, his best postseason showing to date. In Indiana's first round series against Boston, he was the Pacers' leading scorer off the bench with 14.5 ppg in four games. He followed that up with averages of 7.7 and 8.0 points in playoff series against Miami and Detroit.

A 6-9 forward from Orange, New Jersey, Harrington prepped at St. Patrick's High in Elizabeth, NJ and he was the first player ever drafted from the high school ranks by the Pacers. Selected 25th in 1998 Draft, the fifth-year pro was named USA Today's National Player of the Year as well as a 1998 McDonald's High School All-American after his senior season.

Harrington brings career averages of 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds to Atlanta, while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and .734 from the charity stripe. In a December 23, 2002 game against his new team, he tallied a career-high 40 points on 15-of-25 field goals (2-2 3FGs) and eight-of-nine FT attempts.

Jackson, a 6-8 guard/forward who has four years of NBA experience, averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season in his only campaign with the Hawks.







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