So far this season, Jarrett Jack has been one of the best acquisitions that the Warriors have ever traded for, well this decade. In a deal that sent Dorell Wright to Philadelphia, the Warriors received Jarrett Jack, the starting point guard for the Hornets, who has having a career year. Now, however, he dwells with the Golden State Warriors as a solid contributor who is going to be able to do some great things.
This season, Jack is averaging 13.4 PPG and 5.7 Assists off the bench! The only other guys who come close to Jack are Jamal Crawford, who is having yet another breakout season with the Clippers, and JR Smith who is a solid contributor off the bench in New York. Jack’s averages are only 2 ppg lower than last. I say only because he is now in a reserve role as opposed to a starting role.
The fact that Jack can score in bundles like this, While Stephen Curry is averaging 22.1 PPG is amazing. This means that he is truly a leader and scorer, who will bail the Warriors out. Not only is his hot shooing the reason behind some of the Warriors’ wins, but it is also why the Warriors can get to be so dangerously hot. It’s times like these: mired in game skids, where Jack really gives an extra boost of the bench.
Even though he hasn’t reached the top numbers of his scoring career, Jack is having one of the best seasons with Golden State, as he is in the perfect role, and knows his limitations. If he is to face off and go 1v1, he will do that. If he wants to make a nice pass to sharpshooters like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, he can do that. With the shot clock running down and in a sticky situation, he’ll shoot the open three instead of trying to create more than what’s there. This is what the Warriors need.
Fans and other teams realized that Jack is the difference maker when the Warriors played the Spurs. That game, Jack became the first player this decade to come off the bench and score 30 points to go with 10 assists. He scored 17 points in the final 17 minutes of the game, and really broke out to help the Warriors win. It is safe to say the Warriors wouldn’t have won that game without him.