Drafted with the 44th pick in the 2013 draft, Pierre Jackson still has yet to suit up in an NBA game. During the 2013 Draft, he was shipped along with Jrue Holiday to New Orleans in exchange for Nerlens Noel and a first-round pick (which turned out to be Dario Saric).
After not coming to an agreement with the Pelicans, Jackson spent the early part of the season dominating the D-League for the Idaho Stampede. He averaged 29.1 points, 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 42 minutes before he left to play for Fenerbahce in the Turkish league.
Earlier this offseason, Jackson said he would be back, ready to play for the Pelicans in the Summer League. But alas, that will no longer be the case. In the 2014 Draft, Jackson was shipped back to the team that originally drafted him, Philadelphia, in exchange for Louisville rookie guard Russ Smith, who was chosen at pick 47.
With things still completely open in Philadelphia, Jackson is in a prime position to grab a prominent role. As thins stand, he looks to challenge Tony Wroten as the backup point guard and perhaps also challenge James Anderson for starters minutes at the two. Jackson is a prolific scorer, as noted by his D-League record 58 points scored on February 4th this year, and would be a decent pairing with Michael Carter-Williams.
If you are in a 12 team league, Jackson could be a sneaky pick with your last selection, in the hope that he does in fact crack the starting lineup. In dynasty leagues, he’s a must own and if by some chance he is sitting on the waiver wire, grab him immediately.
While he won’t average 29 and six in the NBA, 14 and four is not out of the question and that could be very valuable to any fantasy team.
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