Birthday: November 5, 1974
Hometown: Kinston, NC
Years Pro: 17
— Jerry Stackhouse (@jerrystackhouse) September 22, 2012
Nickname I'd Give Him: Double Ya Money And Make It Stack
How He Got Here: The Nets signed Stackhouse to a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum on July 16, 2012.
Contract: Stackhouse signed a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, but the cap hit for his deal is actually less than what he’ll make: He’s set to earn about $1.4 million, but will only count about $850,000 towards the cap. This comes from an interesting little cap wrinkle that requires the NBA to pay a portion of minimum salaries for veterans in the league longer than two years, so teams won't be discouraged from signing older veterans.
Stackhouse was one of the many young guards in the 90s cursed with the "Next Jordan" tag. Though it's true that both he and MJ were UNC shooting guards, and both were drafted with the third overall pick, the similarities mostly end there.
In his prime, Stackhouse was one of the more prolific (if one of the least efficient) scorers in the NBA, averaging a career-high 29.8 points per game in 2000-01. The 17-year veteran hasn't been a regular started in a decade and hasn't played major minutes on an NBA team since 2009-10, but the Nets didn't sign him for his on-court production -- Stackhouse is training as a coach under Avery Johnson, and in effect is their "player assistant coach," making sure guys are focused and kept in line.
From the Coach:
"I’ve been in his shoes before, just wanting to learn more about coaching, being an extension of the coach. He can reinforce our messages to the staff and the players, especially in the looker room, at hotels and on the road."
Fun Fact: Stackhouse will wear 42 for the Nets, making him the first professional athlete in Brooklyn to don that number since Jackie Robinson.