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Pierre Jackson scores D-League single-game record 58 points

Feb 5, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

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The New Orleans Pelicans have plenty of talented players who play or have played point guard:

That’s why the Pelicans’ second-round pick, point guard Pierre Jackson from Baylor, signed to play in Europe.

But Jackson left his French team to be closer to his grandmother and is playing in the D-League instead. To be more specific, he’s playing very well in the D-League instead.

Jackson scored a D-League record 58 points for the Idaho Stampede on Tuesday. He shot 24-for-33 from the field, including 7-for-13 on 3-pointers and still chipped in eight assists with just two turnovers.

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This strong game alone does not mean Jackson belongs in the NBA. The previous record-holders were Morris Almond and Will Conroy, who each scored 53 points but never stuck in the NBA.

But Jackson is having a strong season, averaging 30.2 points, 6.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game. An explosive athlete with a strong scoring instinct and an impressive ability to run a team, Jackson is held back only by his height (5-foot-11) and contract status.

The Pelicans never signed Jackson, but they still control his rights. With a full roster, New Orleans can’t simply call him up.

But after last night, I can’t imagine Jackson’s trade value has ever been higher.

  1. gerryb323 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Pierre the Pelican? Isn’t he the mascot?!

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM


    If 58 pts doesn’t get you called up, I don’t know what would.

  3. asimonetti88 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    He was quite good in college as well. I’d like to see him in the NBA. That said, he has somewhat awkward form on his shot. At his height, he will need to work with coaches to adjust that form a bit or else I can see taller defenders easily being able to affect his shots.

    • TRO - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      His shot ain’t awkward when it falls through the nets.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Awkward form never stopped NBA players from succeeding.

      I think him being 5’10” is a much bigger obstacle to getting his shot off than his form.

      • cmehustle - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        I think he meant having an awkward form at 5’10” is an obstacle.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        What the other guy said. It’s not the form itself, it’s the form at his height. His release isn’t very quick which would give a taller defender more of a chance to place himself in between and force Jackson to adjust his shot.

  4. jadaruler - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Loved him at Baylor and he is definitely a pro.

  5. oasis511 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    I watched him play a game during the D-League showcase and came away quite impressed. And I once saw the salaries they make in the NBDL, so I have a lot of respect for anyone who would turn down a European contract to be close to family. You can make more money working full-time at Walmart than most of these guys.

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