Jarrett Jack is the newest member of the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors acquired Jack from the New Orleans Hornets as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hornets received draft rights to Edin Bavcic from the 76ers. The 76ers received Dorell Wright from the Warriors and Darryl Watkins from the Hornets.
The Warriors needed a veteran point guard to back-up Stephen Curry and they found one in Jack.
“We’re extremely pleased to acquire a player the quality of Jarrett Jack to help supplement our backcourt,” said Warriors GM Bob Myers. “One of our goals this off-season was to improve our depth at various positions and we think we accomplished that task with this trade.”
Jack is coming off his best season in the NBA.
The former Georgia Tech product averaged 15.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 45 games. Jack shot 45.6 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line. Jack made 39 starts and recorded his first career NBA triple-double against the Warriors on Mar. 21.
A stress fracture in his right foot ended Jack’s season prematurely.
In 532 career games, Jack is averaging 10.8 points and 4.2 assists. Despite his season ending early this year, Jack has been extremely durable.
After missing three games each during his first two NBA seasons, Jack did not miss a game for the next four years. In seven NBA seasons, Jack has missed a total of just 27 games.
“Jarrett recently completed his most productive season in the NBA and, in addition to providing us with additional veteran leadership, his ability to run an offense, score and a variety of other things will be a tremendous asset,” said Myers.
The departure of Wright came just one season after he broke the Warriors’ franchise record for 3-pointers made in a single season.
After averaging 16.4 points two seasons ago, Wright averaged just 10.3 points this season. Wright played just 27 minutes per game and barely saw action in the fourth quarters.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Dorell Wright for his contributions to our team the last two years,” said Myers. “He was a compete professional both on and off the floor and someone that I have a great deal of admiration for as a player and person.”
Wright was expendable for a variety of reasons. With the addition of Richard Jefferson late in the season and first-round draft pick Harrison Barnes, the small forward position is one of the deepest on the Warriors. Wright also had an expiring contract, which made him more desirable for another team.
With the arrival of Jack, it is highly unlikely that fan favorite Nate Robinson will return to the Warriors.
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