The NBA Journeyman: The Saga of Players That Never Found a Home

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The NBA Journeyman: The Saga of Players That Never Found a Home
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When the subject of the top journeymen in the NBA comes up, the first player that comes to mind is probably Jim Jackson.  Jackson changed jerseys a whopping 12 times over a 14-year career. 

Jim Jackson played for the Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden St. Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and finally the Los Angeles Lakers. 

This would make Jackson, a former Ohio St. Buckeye, the most prolific journeyman in the history of the NBA.  I'm not anointing Jackson as the greatest journeyman ever, simply because he played for 12 teams. I am calling him the most-traveled player with the most skills, that seemed to muster the most interest from NBA general managers than any other player in NBA history. 

It behooved Jackson to never change his home address from the original address he had in Dallas while playing as one of the three J's with Jason Kidd and Jamaal Mashburn. Jackson suited up with a lot of different franchises and signed on the dotted line on so many contracts, that until this very day, he probably doesn't remember them all. 

As we take a look at a countdown of the players who played for the most teams, keep in mind these players had to do something that not only kept them going from team to team but also kept them on a list of desired players by general managers.

Jackson gets the top billing as the most-traveled and most-desired player in the NBA, and this would undoubtedly make him the best endorser of luggage in all of sports. 

Here is a countdown of the players who changed jerseys most often and played the most years in the league.  

I am adding together the number of years they played in the league with the number of times they changed jerseys, to come up with my own special journeyman formula.  

With my special journeyman formula, Jackson scores a 26 to start the countdown. 

So sit back and keep your seat, as we take a look at a list of NBA players that couldn't keep theirs. 

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