The Golden State Warriors are inching closer to clinching a berth in the NBA Playoffs, something that many people didn’t think was possible for them at the start of the season. However, Stephen Curry has emerged as a star in the league and has been backed by David Lee and solid role players. One of those role players that has been huge, at times, for Golden State is Jarrett Jack.
Earlier in the season, Jack was making an incredibly strong case for himself as a potential Sixth Man of the Year candidate. He was scoring at a high and efficient rate, running the offense to near perfection whenever he came off the bench. If he had played like that for the entire season, there’s a strong chance that he would have won the award.
However, Jack hit a bit of a slump after the All-Star break. His shooting efficiency dropped way down and he seemed to make a handful of mistakes every time on the floor. He was taking ill-advised shots, making awful passes, and turning the ball over on a regular basis. In fact, his poor play off the bench was becoming an issue for the Warriors.
Recently, though, that issue seems to have been fixed.
Over the Warriors’ last five games, Jack has taken on the form of the player that looked like he could win the Sixth Man of the Year. In 33.1 minutes per game he has averaged 14.4 points, 5.6 assists, three rebounds and 0.8 steals per game. Most importantly for Jack, he has averaged only 1.4 turnovers per game and has shot 51.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from three over these last five games.
In the next week or so, Golden State will clinch a spot in the playoffs. With the way that this team can shoot the three and can get hot on offense, they aren’t the kindest of matchups for any team in the first round, even if they will be the six-seed. If Jack continues to play like this in the postseason, that just makes them even more dangerous.