Jarrett Jack probably won’t get the NBA‘s best sixth man award this season because J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks and Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers come from much larger media markets. Jack is from the Golden State Warriors but his coach, Mark Jackson definitely thinks Jack is worthy of consideration
He probably is, especially after the Warriors 107-101 overtime victory over San Antonio Spurs on Friday. The victory gave Golden State the distinction, perhaps, of one of the teams to watch in the Western Conference race.
Consider this fact: Jack had 30 points and 10 assists against the Spurs and became the first player from off the bench to do it since Magic Johnson pulled off the trick in 1996.
Jack admits he was humbled to have Jackson put plenty of faith in him to get the job done and that’s basically what he did.
The Warriors are 32-23 and well behind a team like the Spurs, but they continue to make progress and could put themselves in excellent playoff position when the regular season ends.
Whether he gets NBA Best Sixth man honors or not, Jack deserves to take a bow for what the Warriors are able to achieve this season. Jack was 11-of-22 from the floor against the Spurs. For the season, he’s averaging 13.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. His points per game average is above his career mark of 11 points per game. His field goal shooting percentage is up to 47.7 percent and so is his free throw accuracy at 86.3 percent. His 3-point shooting clip is up to 41.3 percent.
Everything is up for Jack, including the respect he gets from around the league.