The preseason is underway, and over the month of October, we’ll be profiling the Raptors roster in anticipation of the season opener on Oct. 27 against the Knicks at Air Canada. Today’s subject, guard Jarrett Jack:
Jarrett Jack signed last summer to spell Jose Calderon at the point and play some minutes at the two, and possibly coax former Georgia Tech teammate Chris Bosh into not shattering every Raptors fan’s hopes and dreams of the team being slightly competitive. That said, he was successful on some accounts — on the court, to be exact, by even stealing some of Calderon’s starters’ minutes — but came up short in luring Bosh into re-signing. Not that we ever had a chance, to be realistic.
Jack’s play in the first year of his four-year, $20 million contract was fine — he played all 82 games, shooting 48.1% and averaging 11.4 points and 5.0 assists, and as mentioned, even supplanted an unproductive Calderon in the starting five for a stretch from December through mid-March. In 43 starts, Jack averaged 12.8 points and 5.4 assists.
Jack’s role this season, unlike last, will be determined by his and Calderon’s play this month. Early reports suggest the role will be split, but given the general feeling toward Calderon these days, you have to figure the starting spot is Jack’s to grab. Bryan Colangelo, of course, unsuccessfully attemped to dump Calderon on the Bobcats over the offseason, and even after the deal fell through, was more than willing to explore options to move fiery little man.
Regardless of the preseason outcome, Jack will get his share of minutes at both guard spots and will look to build off the best season of his career. He did a good job of handling the offense in 2009-10, and with some more athletic wings surrounding him this year, will be counted on to push the pace.
2009-10: 82 games (43 starts), 48.1% from the field, team-highs of 41.2% from deep and 84.2% from the line, 11.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game in 27.4 minutes.
What to expect: It’ll depend on the role he finds himself in on opening night, and whether or not that role changes over the course of the season. If last year was any indication, it will. Either way, expect similar numbers and solid play close to what he put up in 2009-10.