NBA Free Agency 2013: Free-Agent Power Rankings (6-10)

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9. Jarrett Jack

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jarrett Jack was a near winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award and for good reason. He averaged 12.9 points 3.1 rebounds 5.6 assists and 0.8 steals in 29.7 minutes per game. The veteran guard demonstrated his ability to come off the bench and make a meaningful impact in the game. He ranked 21st in the league in assists-to-turnover ratio of 2.8, meaning for every one turnover, he dished out 2.8 dimes.

Jack is extremely adept at creating his own shot off the drive. I already wrote about Jack’s talents in a piece that graded his 2012-13 season, but to summarize, the point guard is extremely valuable off the bench.

Offensively, Jack is a great penetration dribbler and can easily collapse the defense around him, opening the floor up for his teammates. He shot a robust 55.6 percent on attempts less than 10 feet from the hoop. The Georgia Tech product proved his worth during the playoffs, as he came off the bench in explosive bursts that either brought the Golden State Warriors into the game or sealed a victory.

Defensively, Jack is far from a lockdown defender, but he is also not a defensive liability. Defense should not be the main thing a team looks for if they are attempting to acquire the guard, though.

Jack is subpar in steals, only averaging 0.8 this season. This is his one and only defensive issue, but his average defensive play is lessened by his great offensive play.

Obviously, the veteran guard would add expertise and guidance to a team in need of a selfless and explosive player off the bench. Any team that needs to add backcourt depth would do well in adding Jack.

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