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Jackson still has every opportunity to have a successful career, despite being injured.
One of the most intriguing moves of the NBA draft happened to be Philadelphia acquiring Pierre Jackson through a trade. It seemed like the Sixers were looking to capitalize on Jackson's impressive scoring ability, and the next step was to get him onto the court.
They just didn't expect for his time to be cut short.
While playing in the Orlando Summer League, Jackson ended up tearing his right Achilles after only six minutes and 55 seconds of playing time. He showed flashes of offensive prowess as he already had seven points, but the most basic of steps ended up being the one that ended his season.
The injury might have been a season-ending one, yet Philadelphia made an interesting move in deciding to sign Jackson to a one-year contract. The initial reaction is to ask why would a team sign a guy if there was no way that he was going to play?
The answer is simply "draft rights."
Philadelphia needed to sign Jackson in order to keep his draft rights and make sure he was around for next season.
Jackson's role was quickly defined as soon as he reached down for his foot. He won't be playing in any of the 2014-15 season. However, his future isn't in too much jeopardy, apart from successfully recovering from his injury.
He has every opportunity to be a successful player in both the NBA and for the Sixers. A little patience will just be needed first.
2014-15 Projected Stats: Injured and won't play.