Jarrett Jack

Jarrett Jack works a new trick into his repertoire: Tying his shoes while dribbling. (Getty Images)

I’m profiling each of the guys I expect to make up the Raptors’ primary 10-man rotation to start the season. Next up: Jarrett Jack.

Jarrett Jack, PG, 6’3″, 197 lbs.
2009-10 stats: 82 games, 27.4 MPG, 11.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.0 APG, 0.1 BPG, 0.7 SPG, .481 FG%, .412 3P%, .842 FT%, 16.3 PER

Amidst all the drama of Chris Bosh’s impending free agency and the constant hand-wringing over Andrea Bargnani’s progress, it seems like a lot of people missed out on the fact that Jarrett Jack had a pretty good season in 2009-10. Bryan Colagnelo signed him to a four-year, $20 million contract in July 2009 and Jack’s debut season in Toronto was easily the best of his five NBA seasons.

My impression of Jack before he came to Toronto was that he was a solid backup combo guard who was decent across the board but not really good at any one particular thing on the court. What I didn’t expect was the lights-out shooter who wore No. 1 on the Raptors last season. His .481 Field Goal Percentage and .412 Three-Point Percentage were both career highs. Jack’s True Shooting Percentage (TS% – a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account field goals, 3-point field goals, and free throws) of .599 was 15th best in the NBA last season among players who played at least 2,000 minutes — the only point guard who finished ahead of him was Steve Nash.

Jack’s merely an OK defender and playmaker, but he’ll remain a good value for his contract if he can continue to shoot at last season’s rate. Furthermore, he’s embraced a leadership role on the Raptors by taking the younger guys under his wing and encouraging them to live clean and eat right. And you certainly don’t have to worry about his attendance record, since he hasn’t missed a game since the 2006-07 season.

Basically, Jarrett Jack is the embodiment of the word “solid”. Thanks in large part to Jose Calderon playing like crap this preseason, he’s also the Raptors’ starting point guard tonight against the Knicks — it’s the first time he’s started on opening night since his Portland days. If he carries over last season’s performance level through to this season, he’s unlikely to lose the job anytime soon.