The Warriors recent trade for Jarrett Jack — a three-team deal with New Orleans and Philadelphia that sent Dorell Wright to the 76ers—gives the Warriors a veteran playmaker in the backcourt who posted career highs of 15.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds last year in New Orleans. But what else do we know about the newest Warrior?
Here are some facts about Jack and the trade that brought him to Oakland:
- Jack and Brandon Rush (currently a restricted free agent) were teammates with the Indiana Pacers in 2008-09, Rush’s rookie year. In fact, Jack was traded from Portland to Indiana along with Rush’s draft rights (chosen 13th overall) and Josh McRoberts in exchange for Jerryd Bayless and former Warrior Ike Diogu.
- Jack’s Warrior connections extend to the Golden State coaching staff as well. The point guard was instructed by Warriors assistant Michael Malone in 2010-11 as part of a Hornets team that earned the seventh-seed in the 2011 NBA Playoffs.
- Jack even has family in the league: his cousin, Chris Duhon, plays for the Orlando Magic.
- On the court, the Warriors can now make an interesting claim. Golden State now has two players on its roster who have had triple-doubles—against the Warriors. David Lee, who has since recorded a triple-double in a Warriors uniform, tallied 37 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists at Oracle Arena on April 2, 2010 as a member of the Knicks, and Jack was one of two players (along with Pau Gasol) to post a trip-dub against the Warriors last season, putting up 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds (all defensive) in 31 minutes on March 21, 2012 at New Orleans.
- Jack didn’t commit a single turnover in his triple-double against Golden State, nor did he cough it up in his next double-double, an 18-point, 10-assist outing on March 31, 2012 at the Lakers. All told, Jack had five double-doubles last season, dishing out 53 assists to just seven turnovers in those games for an astronomical assist-to-turnover ratio of 7.57 assists per turnover.
- Jack was one of only eight players in the NBA last season to average 15.0 points and 6.0 assists. His company? LeBron James, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Tony Parker, John Wall, Ty Lawson and Derrick Rose. Of those players, only he and former teammate Chris Paul did so while shooting at least .450 from the field and .850 from the free throw line.
- Given the multitude of injuries the Warriors suffered last season, Jack’s history of durability is certainly refreshing. Jack played in 371 consecutive games from 2006-07 to 2010-11, the second-longest active streak when it ended (only Derek Fisher’s 492 was longer). The streak included four-straight complete seasons, and just for good measure, one in which he played in 83 games (2010-11) as a result of a trade from Toronto to New Orleans. By our count (dating back to at least the 1967-68 season), only 39 players have ever played in more than 82 games in a given season. Jack was the first to do so since Casey Jacobson in 2004-05, who also accomplished the feat as a member of the Hornets following a trade from Phoenix. Jack’s durability dates back to college, where he played in all 101 games over his three seasons, starting all but one on March 5, 2005—when he sat for a senior on Georgia Tech’s Senior Day.
- Onto the frivolities: Jack wore the jersey No. 2 as a member of the Hornets because No. 1 already belonged to Trevor Ariza, but he’s donned No. 1 in each of his previous three professional stops in Portland, Indiana and Toronto. Should Jack go back to numero uno, his uniform might still be warm. The jersey’s previous occupant was Dorell Wright, whom the Warriors had to give up in the trade to obtain Jack.
- Jack will be the first Georgia Tech alum to play for the Warriors since Anthony Morrow (2008-10) and the eighth Yellow Jacket ever to suit up for Golden State, joining Drew Barry, Jon Barry, Will Bynum, Duane Ferrell, Morrow, Jim Nolan and Mark Price. Jack’s arrival will tie Georgia Tech for the fourth-most represented school among players to put on a Warriors uniform, tied with Stanford (8) and behind only UCLA (10), Louisville (10) and Temple (9).
- As for the trade itself, it isn’t the first time the three parties involved have orchestrated a three-way trade. On October 25, 2001, the Warriors helped facilitate a deal that sent Derrick Coleman from Charlotte to Philly and George Lynch from Philly to Charlotte. The Warriors acquired Cedric Henderson, a first-round draft pick and cash in the deal while parting with Corie Blount, Chris Porter and Vonteego Cummings.
- The last time the Warriors traded with the Hornets? On February 24, 2005, Golden State sent Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis to New Orleans in exchange for Baron Davis. Davis went on to average 20.1 points, 8.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 227 games with Golden State and, of course, was a key member of the Warriors’ 2007 ‘We Believe’ playoff squad that upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round.
- There must be something about the 2005 NBA Draft that the Warriors’ brass is fond of. After trading for David Lee (30th overall pick in 2005) prior to the 2010-11 season, Golden State acquired that year’s top pick, Andrew Bogut, in a deadline deal with the Bucks last season—though it took second-round steal Monta Ellis (40th) to help pry the Aussie center from Milwaukee. Jack was chosen by Denver with the 22nd overall pick (his rights were then traded to Portland), one pick after current Warrior free agent Nate Robinson (21st). In addition to Ellis, the Warriors selected Ike Diogu (9th) and Chris Taft (42nd) with their own picks in 2005.
- Golden State will play its first-ever game in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on December 7, part of its seven-game East Coast road trip.
- Just as they did for the 50th anniversary last season, the Warriors will celebrate the anniversary of Wilt’s Chamberlain’s 100-point game in Philadelphia on March 2, just miles from the record-setting site in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
- The Warriors will host the Los Angeles Clippers on January 21 as part of the NBA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
Still feel like you don’t know Jack? Surely, we’ll all get to know the Warriors’ new addition a little better when he hits the court with his teammates at Oracle this fall.