G League

After 3 Years Overseas Pierre Jackson Returned to the G League With a Bang

After a spell in the NBA in 2017 with the Dallas Mavericks, Pierre Jackson opted to return overseas. During that time, he featured in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and in China with the Beijing Fly Dragons and the Shenzhen Leopards. With Beijing, he averaged 39.8 points per game.

Following his 3-year stint overseas, Jackson signed for the South Bay Lakers in January 2020. Who would be the third G League team of his career, with the Idaho Stampede (now the Salt Lake City Stars) and Texas Legends being the others.

Jackson started his career with the Stampede in 2013, averaging 29.1 points per game and setting a league single-game scoring record (58 points), before moving to Turkey (Fenerbahce). A return to Idaho followed and after, a spell in Croatia (Cedevita). The 5-foot-11 guard then signed with the Legends in the G League, where he impressed with an average of 22.5 points, over 22 games. This led to his time with the Dallas Mavericks in 2017. Which lasted 8 games after suffering a hamstring injury (4.4 PPG).

Agua Caliente Clippers v South Bay Lakers
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Upon signing with South Bay on January 17, 2020, the team were 10-15 and within a 6-game losing streak. Jackson made his debut on January 25 with a 26-point outburst in a loss against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Just the following night, Jackson and the Lakers lost again, this time to the Santa Cruz Warriors. The losing streak eventually reached 11 games. Then it all changed.

In 5 of the following 6 games, the speedy point guard would score 20+ points and guide the team to 4 wins. Including a 21-point, 11 assist winning game against the high-flying Salt Lake City Stars.

Jackson’s form continued for the remaining 8 games, leading up to the season suspension on March 11. In those games, South Bay won 5 and on February 29, Jackson elevated his game to another level. He had a season-high 38 points in 37 minutes, in a 123-118 victory over the Aqua Caliente Clippers.

At the time of the suspension, South Bay and Jackson were beginning to heat up. With the team’s record sitting at 19-25 with 6 games remaining of the season.

In 16 games with the Lakers in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign, Jackson averaged 20.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1.8 steals. Shooting 44% from the field, and 39.9% from downtown. He only averaged 1.8 turnovers per contest, and South Bay held a winning record of 9-7 during his time in Los Angeles.

Instantly, he carved a role for himself. Starting in 13 games and possessing a 22.2% usage rate. He accumulated to exactly a 3rd of South Bay’s 3-point attempts also, making 34.8% of the team’s shots from beyond the arc. In that time, South Bay elevated themselves to the G League’s best offense (124.0). By quite a distance too, with the Wisconsin Herd (120.9) and Stockton Kings (120.3) sitting 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Pierre Jackson is a walking bucket, a flat-out scorer. He’s done it pretty much everywhere he’s played to date. Now 28-years-old, it is likely that he returned to the United States to give the NBA another shot. However, he has since opted to head back overseas. On August 9, 2020, he signed with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League and EuroLeague.

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