Pierre Jackson vs. Manny Harris: Tale of the Tape
A week ago we brought you a tongue-in-cheek look at how Pierre Jackson compared to NBA counterpart Kevin Durant in the wake of his historic 58-point game.
Now it gets serious.
On Wednesday, as the perfect prelude to All-Star Weekend, the two men who have been duking it out for not just the NBA D-League scoring crown, but also the title of "Top Prospect in the NBA D-League" will go toe-to-toe for the first time in more than a month. While Jackson, the current No. 1 Prospect and Manny Harris, the on-his-heels No. 2 Prospect, have met three times already, the stakes have clearly been raised after the Michigan Mamba's right-back-at-you 56-point, 15-rebound explosion in his return from the Lakers on Saturday (picking which game was more dominant is a debate for another day).
And P-Jax must have a bad taste in his mouth entering the showdown. He's coming off his worst outing of the season in Santa Cruz last night (2/19, 6 points) and has lost and struggled in all three matchups with Harris this season. (Jackson's lone win against the D-Fenders came after Harris' Call-Up to the Lakers, and he missed another Idaho-L.A. game due to injury.) On Tuesday, Jackson responded to the latest NBADLeague.com Prospect Watch rankings by tweeting that we can give the No. 1 spot to Harris, but there's no doubt both will be on a mission on Wednesday night in L.A.
Without further ado, the numbers:
|Team||Idaho Stampede||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|Prospect Watch Ranking||No. 1||No. 2|
|Drafted||42nd (2013)||Undrafted (2010)|
|Field Goal %||45.2||48.2|
|3-Point Shooting||35.5% (3.0/8.5)||29.8% (1.7/5.6)|
|Free-Throw Shooting||74.0% (6.0/8.1)||87.8% (8.6/9.8)|
|True Shooting %||56.2||60.1|
|30-Point Games||14 (in 30 games)||8 (in 15 games)|
|Head-to-Head||0-3, 23.0 ppg, 38%||3-0, 33.7 ppg, 52%|
Highlights from the top two individual scoring efforts in NBA D-League history: