Stackhouse attended the University of North Carolina and declared his eligibility for the NBA draft following his sophomore season. He was selected with the third pick of the 1995 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. In his first season with the 76ers, Stackhouse averaged 19.2 points per game, the 76ers' leading scorer and was named to the NBA's All-Rookie team. In the 1996-97 season, the 76ers also drafted Allen Iverson. Combined, the two posted 44.2 points per game for the Sixers.
Midway through the 1997-98 season, however, Stackhouse was dealt to the Detroit Pistons with Eric Montross for Theo Ratliff, Aaron McKie and future considerations. By the 1999-2000 season, his second full season with the Pistons, Stackhouse was averaging 23.6 points per game. A year later, he had a career-high average of 29.8 points per game. In a late season victory over the Chicago Bulls, he set the Pistons' franchise record for points in a game with 57. Still, because he consistently posted low shooting percentages, fans took to calling him "Brickhouse" (the slang term "brick" means a badly missed shot). Stackhouse saw his final action as a Piston with Detroit's elimination in the second round of the 2001-02 NBA playoffs. During the 2002 offseason, Stackhouse was traded to the Washington Wizards in a six-player deal, with the major name involved in the deal being Richard Hamilton. In his first season with Washington, Stackhouse averaged 21.5 points and 4.5 assists per game to lead the team. However, Stackhouse missed most of the 2003-04 season while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee; he played in only 26 games. Stackhouse was traded in the 2004 offseason along with Christian Laettner and the Wizards' first-round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks for Antawn Jamison. Benched by a groin injury for 41 games spanning his first two seasons with Dallas, Stackhouse now serves an important role for the Mavericks as a high-scoring sixth man. During the 2004-05 playoffs, Stackhouse began wearing tights during games to keep his legs warm and to aid his groin injury; something that was to turn into a trend among players, as now Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and many other NBA players have all worn tights as well.
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