Warriors focus: Jarrett Jack


Warriors focus: Jarrett Jack

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sixth installment in a seven-part series that spotlights the seven new Warriors.
Part 1: Harrison BarnesPart 2: Kent Bazemore
Part 3: Andrew Bogut
Part 4: Festus Ezeli
Part 5: Draymond Green

Of all the moves the Warriors have made in the past six months, you could argue that trading for Jarrett Jack was the most necessary of them all. With Stephen Curry coming off an injury-plagued 2011-12, it was mandatory that the Warriors go out and get some insurance at that position and thats what they did by acquiring Jack for Dorell Wright this offseason.For a while this summer, it didnt seem like acquiring a point guard was a priority for the Warriors as they appeared to show little interest in free agents such as Andre Miller, Kirk Hinrich and Jason Kidd.But rather than find a point guard in free agency, which most expected, the Warriors moved Wright to Philadelphia and acquired Jack from New Orleans as part of a three-team trade.In addition to upgrading the point guard spot, the move also balanced out the roster some. Small forward, the position Wright plays, isnt exactly an area of need.Jack was brought here to back up Curry, no doubt about it. And who could fault that?Curry played in just 26 games last year because of ankle issues, and if the ankle starts acting up again this season the Warriors will have a competent veteran player behind him.And if Curry does stay healthy, then having Jack gives them a quality backcourt player coming off the bench. Jack is a versatile guard, capable of playing both backcourt positions and he also possesses toughness and veteran know-how. Over the course of his career, Jack has started 249 of 532 games so the assumption is that if Curry gets hurt Jack will step in.Jack is probably more of a combination guard than true point guard, but hes the closest thing to a traditional point guard the Warriors have. Jack played almost exclusively at point guard last season for the Hornets, pairing in the backcourt with former Warrior Marco Belinelli.Jack averaged a career-high 6.3 assists in 2011-12. He also had a couple of big games against Golden State last season, including a triple-double in which he finished with 17 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and zero turnovers.What makes Jack a good fit for the Warriors is his ability to play both guard spots. That will allow him to play alongside either Curry or Klay Thompson, the Warriors projected starting backcourt.RELATED: Who subs for Klay Thompson?
Having Jack should also allow Curry to play some shooting guard, taking advantage of Currys ability to move without the ball and come off screens.Jack averaged 34 minutes per game last season for the Hornets, but its tough to see him getting that many for the Warriors in 2011-12 not if the team is essentially healthy.Ideally, Jack would play somewhere in the mid-20s minutes-range, but with Jack its not so much how many minutes he plays as when he plays. Its not hard to see him logging his share of crunch-time minutes.Jack is a better defender than either Curry or Thompson, and on top of it, hes often able to defend either backcourt position. Hes a steady presence late in games and a solid decision maker. Like Curry and Thompson, Jack is an excellent free-throw shooter.Hes also just one of six players on the roster with any kind of playoff experience. If theres one thing Jack has proven over the course of his career, its that hell find a way to get playing time. Thats not going to change with the Warriors.

JR Smith's reaction to Chris Paul trade: 'League is in a frenzy because...'

JR Smith's reaction to Chris Paul trade: 'League is in a frenzy because...'

On Wednesday morning, the Rockets and Clippers reportedly agreed to a trade that will send Chris Paul to Houston.

Shortly thereafter, Cavs guard J.R. Smith offered his thoughts:

[REWIND: Rockets GM: Warriors not unbeatable, 'we have something up our sleeve']

"It's just the way the league is going," Smith told Aaron Torres of The Washington Post. "The league is in a frenzy because of the Warriors."

Since the Warriors won the NBA Finals (in addition to the Clippers sending Paul to the Rockets):

- The Celtics traded the No. 1 pick in the draft to the 76ers
- The Clippers brought in Jerry West as a consultant 
- The Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler
- The Lakers traded D'Angelo Russell to the Nets
- The Knicks and Phil Jackson parted ways
- David Griffin and the Cavs parted ways
- The Hawks traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets
- Paul George is reportedly on his way out of Indiana
- The Celtics are reportedly going to make a run at Gordon Hayward and George
- Teams are reportedly going to try and pluck Andre Iguodala away from the Warriors

[RELATED: Report: Kevin Durant plans to sign 'later in the month']

And free agency doesn't even begin for a couple more days.

Smith struggled mightily in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals -- 3 points and 0 points respectively.

But he bounced back and averaged just under 19 points over the next three games and went 17-for-27 from 3-point territory.

Smith is due about $13.8 million next season, about $14.7 million in 2018-19 and has a partial guarantee in 2019-20.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Kevin Durant plans to sign 'later in the month'

Report: Kevin Durant plans to sign 'later in the month'

Don't expect Kevin Durant to re-sign soon after free agency opens.

The 2017 NBA Finals MVP plans to wait until the Warriors complete other moves first, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Free agency officially commences at 9:01pm PT on Friday, June 30 (which is tecnically July 1 on the east coast)

According to ESPN, Durant plans to re-sign "later in the month."

If you haven't heard already -- Durant will reportedly opt out, become a free agent and then re-sign with the Warriors for less than the max.

Why? Because he is willing to do what it takes to give Golden State the necessary resources to re-sign players such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

[RELATED: Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala]

Iguodala is reportedly going to be a hot commodity on the open market.

But as Monte Poole wrote on Tuesday: "It won’t be easy to pry Iguodala away."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller