Jarrett Jack was one of the best scorers for the Golden State Warriors in the 2012-2013 season. He’s a very explosive player, and although he didn’t have his highest scoring season in his career, he had one of the best seasons, and is now finding himself in the groove. Unfortunately, his contract is up and is now a free agent.
He said that he was very proud to be wearing a Warriors’ uniform at the end of the season, but that doesn’t mean that he’s more inclined to sign with them. Two teams (who else?) that have expressed their interest in him are the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks. Then again, they’ve expressed interest in everyone.
If the Warriors do lose Jack to free agency, there are some indispensable qualities of him that the Warriors cannot afford to lose. It’ll be unfortunate, but Jack has to do whatever is best for himself. Here are some things that the Warriors will lose.
1. Ability To Play Curry at SG:
One of the main advantages of having Jack on the roster is that the Warriors have the ability to play Stephen Curry at the shooting guard spot. If Jack isn’t in the picture, then who can run the point guard spot well enough? Klay Thompson?
Not going to happen. The Warriors need to keep Jack around so that he can spread the floor, allowing Curry to get more open shots through the rotation of the offense.
2. Ball Handling:
Jack has a unique way of crossing someone up. He’s not the type of person you think of going between the legs or behind the back, but he can surely do some damage when he takes a lot of small dribbles, crosses over the defender, and hits the jump shot, or dishes off a nice pass to one of his teammates.
3. One-on-One Skill:
Jack is the best one-on-one player that the Warriors have right now. He can attack the basket, and make difficult shots with hands in his face. The fact is that the Warriors need to go to him for some instant offense.
It’s really beneficial to have a guy like him who knows what he’s doing at the top of the key with the shot clock at three. The Warriors look to him when they need a spark, and when he gets going, he makes almost every single shot.
4. The Finisher:
Right now, Jack is the most ideal person for the Warriors to take the last shot. Other than finding Thompson or Curry in the corner, Jack dribbles the ball and drains the clock, and he’s able to get a good shot. The most important thing, however, is the fact that he’s not concerned or afraid to take the big shot in crunch time. The Warriors really need someone like him until Curry finds a way to do it.
5. Bench Scoring:
Without Jack, Carl Landry is the only other bench scorer. That would be fine, but there’s a little problem. Landry is also a free agent. If the Warriors don’t re-sign Jack, which must be the priority, their bench will be pretty scarce. Brandon Rush cannot be forgotten, but he is coming back from a torn ACL and we don’t know how good he’s going to be.