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Despite an encouraging season, Jack is far too risky an option for New York.
Jarrett Jack played a key role in the resurgence of the Golden State Warriors in 2013. He posted 13 points, six assists and three rebounds in 30 minutes per game, while shooting 40 percent from beyond the three-point line. He was in the Sixth Man of the Year debate throughout the season and will undoubtedly garner a long line of suitors this summer.
The Knicks shouldn't be one of them.
Jack will likely be out of the Knicks' price range at the MLE, but some finagling could be done to allocate more money to the guard via a sign-and-trade. Although possible, New York shouldn't think about going to such extents to nab Jack.
Although a good role player, Jack tended to play through stretches of iso-heavy ball, which is concerning when you consider his backcourt-mate was often Stephen Curry—a more-than-capable scorer himself. According to Synergy, 22.5 percent of Jack's offensive plays were isolations, and he shot a so-so 42 percent from the field—and just 28.6 percent from three—on those attempts.
For a player likely seeking a starting role, the lack of judgement with the ball isn't ideal—particularly with the Knicks, who funnel most field-goal attempts down to Carmelo Anthony.
Jack will be 30 at the start of next season, which fits Mike Woodson's veteran preference. However, the Georgia Tech alum's progression and overall game doesn't scream "wise veteran" very loudly. On defense, perhaps Woodson's most valued trait, Jack struggled often. He posted an individual defensive efficiency of 108 and struggled closing out against the San Antonio Spurs' shooters in the playoffs.
Jack's offensive track record won't make any GM comfortable about him starting, either. He's averaged more than 30 minutes per game in three of his eight seasons, and has posted a PER above 15 just once. Granted, it was the most recent of the three—his 2011-12 campaign with the New Orleans Hornets.
The Knicks have a need in the backcourt—specifically at the point—but Jack doesn't seem to be the ideal fit for New York.
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