Thursday , Jan , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets sign Mark Jackson

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets signed free agent point
guard Mark Jackson Thursday to back up Steve Francis.

Jackson ranks second all-time in the league with 10,215 assists and is 20th
with 1,591 career steals. Magic Johnson and John Stockton are the only other
players in NBA history to record 10,000 career assists.

The 16-year veteran spent last season with the Utah Jazz as a backup to the
now-retired Stockton, averaging 4.7 points and 4.6 assists in 17.9 minutes per

For his career, Jackson has scored 9.9 points per game to go with 8.1 assists.