In February, I called Pierre Jackson “The Kevin Durant of the D-League” after he scored 58 points (27 in the 4th) in a D-League game. Like Pierre and like most 76ers fans, I’ve been waiting for Day 1 of the Orlando Summer League because I knew it was Day 1 of Pierre’s journey back to the NBA. I believe it will still come but during the first half of the 76ers first game in the league today, Pierre faced a setback as he injured his right achilles.
Pierre posted this tweet after the game and our prayers are with him.
Thank you to everyone reaching out its highly appreciated….. Pray for me.
— Pierre Jackson (@Pappyjackk) July 5, 2014
If you aren’t familiar with Pierre Jackson, then here’s what we said after his 58 point game.
His name is Pierre Jackson, he’s 5’10″, was the 42nd pick in the draft by the 76ers and currently plays for Idaho. He’s averaging 30.2 points a game and with 6 40+ games under his belt so far this season, the ex-Baylor star blew up for a D-league record 58 points in last night’s 136-122 win over the Texas Legends. The 53 broke Morris Almond and Will Conroy’s record of 53 points set 4 years ago.
After a season low 8 points in his last game, Jackson rebounded with an unconscious 24 of 33 from the field and 7 of 13 from downtown. He scored 20 in the first half, 11 in the 3rd and then blew up for 27 (11-14 shooting) in the 4th quarter and even had a 2 minute span where he scored 12 points.
SCORING BREAKDOWN BY QUARTER
- First: 5-6 on field goals / 0-1 on threes / 1-1 on free throws / 1 rebounds / 3 assists / 11 total points
- Second: 4-8 on field goals / 1-3 on threes / 0-0 on free throws / 2 rebounds / 3 assists / 9 total points
- Third: 4-5 on field goals / 2-3 on threes / 1-1 on free throws / 3 rebounds / 2 assists / 11 total points
- Fourth: 11-14 on field goals / 4-6 on threes / 1-2 on free throws / 0 rebounds / 0 assists / 27 total points
Unlike a lot of the criticism that scorers like Melo and Kobe receive when they have 50+ games, Jackson, who is 8th in the league in assists with a 6.2 average, gets his share of assists and dished out 8 assists to go with his 58 points. In the Stampede’s previous game, Jackson had a 18 assists and 12 in the game before that.