Former Mavs guard Pierre Jackson headed to China
China continues to give chances to individuals who weren’t so fortunate in the NBA. This time, another ex-NBA player is headed there as former Dallas Mavericks guard Pierre Jackson is signing with Chinese team Shenzhen Leopards, according to reports.
Former NBAer Pierre Jackson has signed with Shenzhen in China. Jackson last played in the NBA in 2017 with the Dallas Mavericks.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 17, 2019
Jackson, the 42nd pick in the 2013 NBA Draft never got the chance to play in the league until 2016, when he played with the Mavs. His stint with Dallas was short, as he only appeared in nine games, putting up 3.9 points and assists in 9.3 minutes.
The 27-year-old Jackson isn’t someone who’s new to playing overseas. He’s already played in Croatia back in 2016 and Israel in 2017. Playing in China is just another chance for him to show how good he is, with the hopes of getting another opportunity in the NBA.
It is unclear if Jackson will ever get a chance to play regularly in the NBA. He had an impressive resume in college, putting up close to 20 points and seven assists in his senior year at Baylor University. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to take his game to the pros.
Still, a stint with the Chinese Basketball Association will help him get the exposure that he needs. Playing there will also make him financially stable.
It is likely that more ex-NBA players and free agents will be making their way to China, given that they pay foreign players handsomely. It has become kind of the second home for players who can’t make it to the world’s biggest and most prominent league.