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Now or then: Bobby Jackson vs. Speedy Claxton

Oklahoman Published: February 22, 2007
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The Hornets offered Speedy Claxton a 3-year, $17-million contract last summer. He turned them down, so the Hornets offered the same deal to Bobby Jackson, who accepted.

Jackson was the more established NBA player. But the Hornets would have been better off with Claxton.

The Hornets' struggles this season are not all injury-related. Even when Jackson has played (33 of the team's 54 games), he has not been as effective as was Claxton as Chris Paul's backup and sidekick.

Claxton's numbers last season win most all comparisons with Jackson's numbers this season. Scoring 12.3-10.6. Assists 4.8 per game to 2.4. Shooting percentage 41.3 to 39.5. Foul shots per game, a very underrated statistic, 4.5 to 3.42.

Jackson is a better rebounder than the slight Claxton, and Speedy was more turnover-prone. And Jackson's numbers are skewed a little by the presence of Jannero Pargo, who also plays the guard slots.

But the Hornets signed Jackson to be better than Claxton. Instead, Jackson hasn't been as good.

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