Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Pierre Jackson is one of the more intriguing players in the NBA.
Jackson starred for the Baylor Bears from 2009-2012. In his junior season, his final with the Bears, he averaged 13.8 points and 5.9 assists per game and helped the Bears reach the Elite Eight where they were ousted by the Kentucky Wildcats, the eventual national champions.
A few months later, the Philadelphia 76ers drafted him with the 42nd-overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. In 2013, he, along with 76ers’ point guard Jrue Holiday, was dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans for a pick in 2013 and 2014 which landed the 76ers former Kentucky Wildcats’ big man Nerlens Noel and former Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns’ point guard Elfrid Payton, who they dealt to the Orlando Magic for the rights to Croatian forward Dario Saric.
Jackson thought about playing in France, but instead joined the Idaho Stampede in the D-League and became the best player in the D-League, even scoring 58 points in a game and being named to the D-League All-Star team. On draft night in 2014, Jackson was traded back to the 76ers for the rights to former Louisville Cardinals’ guard Russ Smith.
Jackson was set to once again suit up for the 76ers in the Orlando Pro Summer League. He started Saturday afternoon’s game against the Orlando Magic and looked very good in the early going, challenging Noel and Magic guard Victor Oladipo as the best player in the game.
Unfortunately, Jackson went down with an injury and couldn’t even get himself back to the bench. He was helped off and later diagnosed with a torn right Achilles, which could cost him the entire 2014-2015 season.