Pierre Jackson Traded to New Orleans Pelicans: Scouting Report and Analysis

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterJune 27, 2013

Apr 2, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Baylor Bears player Pierre Jackson (55) puts up a shot against the Brigham Young Cougars during the first half of the NIT Tournament Semi-Final at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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With the 42nd pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Pierre Jackson from Baylor University and subsequently traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first round pick.

Here's everything you need to know about Jackson:  


A former junior college standout, Pierre Jackson moved on to Baylor where he emerged as one of the country's most dangerous guards.

Jackson was recently named MVP of the NIT tournament and put up monster individual averages of nearly 20 points and 7.1 assists as a senior.


Physical Tools

The biggest concern with Jackson is his 5'10.5'' size. It's the first thing that comes to mind when wondering if his game will translate. Luckily for Jackson, he makes up for a lack of height with blurry quickness and speed.

Defenders and entire defensive units have trouble staying in front of him. 

Unfortunately, he lacks the explosiveness and upper-body strength that a guy like Nate Robinson uses to neutralize his size limitations.

If Jackson doesn't make it in the pros, chances are his physical tools will be to blame.


Shooting off the Dribble

Jackson's pull-up jumper is his life preserver. It's going to keep him afloat when the waters get rough.

His size disadvantage is going to affect him mostly in the paint, where it could be tough for him to finish among the trees. But Jackson's ability to stop and pop before traffic will prevent him from having to take those lower-percentage shots on the move.

Jackson can go from full speed to a dead stop before rising to fire with balance.

Jackson knocked down 157 three-pointers at a 37.9 percent clip in two years at Baylor. He can shoot it off the dribble or off the catch.

Teams should be willing to overlook his height and focus on his strengths as an offensive weapon with the ball in his hands.


Breakdown Ability, Passing

Jackson has a lightning quick first step he uses to penetrate the perimeter. He's got the ability to break down the defense, trigger the collapse and ultimately set up teammates for easy buckets.

The NBA covets guards who can get into the lane. Jackson is able to create scoring opportunities by driving and dishing to shooters or dumping it off to big men.

He's a good passer in the half court, with the ability to facilitate the pick-and-roll or find a backdoor cutter.

Though he averaged nearly 20 points a game, his 7.1 assists reflect his vision and willingness as a distributor. Jackson maintains point guard instincts to go with the firepower he can add as a scorer.


Weaknesses, Limitations

Jackson has a few things working against him, with the obvious one being his size.

Defensively, he's going to have problems. Point guards in the NBA are a lot more physical than they are in college. It should keep Jackson in a limited role, likely one that calls for instant offense and comes with a short leash.

Jackson also averaged at least 3.4 turnovers in back-to-back years. His decision-making and shot selection both need work.

Given his size, defensive limitations and lack of elite explosiveness, Jackson doesn't have the upside of an NBA starting point guard.