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2014 NBA Draft: Sixers trade Russ Smith for Pierre Jackson

The Sixers landed guard Pierre Jackson with the 47th pick on Thursday night, a 5-foot-10, 180 pound point guard who played his college ball at Baylor. The team originally selected Russ Smith, a point guard out of Louisville, with the pick, but then moved Smith to the New Orleans Pelicans for Jackson. Jackson was actually selected with the 42nd overall in the 2013 NBA draft by Sixers, but he was traded to the Pelicans.

Strengths: Small but explosive PG with leadership and a winning mentality … Makes up for lack of size with great heart and determination … Very good scorer showing the ability to knock down shots out to 3 point range … An explosive scorer … Legitimate PG skills showing leadership and the ability to run a team, and has given the Baylor program stability during his two years there … Shows good pick and roll skills, adding to his intrigue … Also excels in ISO situations, showing the ability to create shots for himself by drawing defenders off balance and getting good elevation to get shots off … Utilizes crossovers, step backs and fadaways to create space for himself

Weaknesses: His most glaring weakness is his lack of size. At 5’10 he’s a defensive liability and will have to work twice as hard to get open looks, and get passes off … Some teams just won’t consider small point guards due to the liabilities associated with having them on the floor … Unlike a player Pierre often gets compared to, Nate Robinson, who is a ball hawk, Jackson doesn’t show the same tenacity or passion on the defensive end of the floor … Will be a target for post ups from bigger point guards

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