Pierre Jackson was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round with the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The 5’10” point guard’s rights were then sent to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Jrue Holiday, Nerlens Noel swap that went down on the night of the draft.
After playing for New Orleans at Summer League, Jackson signed with a French team for the upcoming season, but left the team before even playing a game. At the start of November, he signed with the Idaho Stampede in the D-League. Since that time, Jackson has been tearing it up.
However, no night for Jackson has been bigger than the one he had on Tuesday. In fact, no night in the history of the D-League has been as big as the one Jackson had on Tuesday. In a 136-122 victory over the Texas Legends, Jackson set the D-League record for points in a single game, scoring 58 points.
In addition to his 58 points, Jackson also added eight assists, six rebounds and a steal while also only turning the ball over just twice. Moreover, Jackson got to 58 points on 24-33 shooting from the field, 7-13 shooting from three, and while taking only four free throw attempts on the night.
Jackson currently leads the D-League in scoring at 30.2 points per game while also ranking eighth in the league in assists with over six per game. The Pelicans still hold his rights and haven’t given him the call to make his NBA debut yet, but both of those things might change with the NBA Trade Deadline looming.
Given the numerous injuries that the Pelicans are weathering right now, it’s difficult to gage what their goal is for the remainder of the season. However, if they are looking to stay competitive, Jackson is an interesting movable piece that they have to potentially use as an asset in a trade leading up to Feb. 20. Nothing is written in stone and there aren’t any rumors with traction as of right now, but he’s obviously a name and player to keep an eye on in the near future.