Pierre Jackson is the highest-scoring NBA player not actually in the NBA.
Selected 42nd overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2013 draft, Jackson leads the NBA Developmental League in scoring among players who have appeared in at least 20 games. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Idaho Stampede star poured in 58 points during a 136-122 victory over the Texas Legends, setting a new D-League record.
Despite that 58-point outburst and pitching in 29.1 points per game on the season, Jackson remains in the D-League, waiting for an opportunity to showcase his ability on an NBA stage.
The Pelicans own his draft rights, but Jackson is not under contract. New Orleans has thus far refused to call him up, and while USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt confirmed Jackson and his agent, Colin Bryant, have been given the go-ahead to explore trade possibilities, nothing appears imminent.
"I actually haven't talked to them personally—anybody from the Pelicans—in awhile," he tells Bleacher Report by phone while in New Orleans for the D-League All-Star Game.
Uncertainty has dogged him all season, but it hasn't stopped him. Where some may have folded, the 5'11" Jackson stands strong, still chasing an NBA dream that's so close, yet so far.
"I'm just trying to represent myself on the court and off the court," he says. "If there's some big move, I know he'll [my agent] tell me about it."
Until some big move or abrupt change, Jackson plays on, scoring and passing, focused and of sound mind, hopeful that all he's doing now will pay off later.