Trade Meant Move in Geography, Standings for Jack

Trade Meant Move in Geography, Standings for Jack
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

December 6, 2010

According to Mapquest, the distance between the cities of Toronto and New Orleans is approximately 1,300 miles. When point guard Jarrett Jack was traded by the Toronto Raptors to the Hornets in November, though, he was more focused on a different trip he’d be making – the one that moved him to near the top of the NBA standings.

The 6-foot-3, sixth-year player started the first 13 games of the 2010-11 regular season with the Raptors, a team in rebuilding mode following the departure of Chris Bosh during the NBA’s 2010 summer free-agency sweepstakes. After Jack was dealt in a five-player trade to New Orleans, he knew he’d immediately be coming off the bench, as a backup to one of his closest friends, Chris Paul.

Although his playing time will likely be reduced as a member of the Hornets in comparison to his previous three NBA teams, Jack welcomed the move to New Orleans. Having appeared in 400-plus career NBA regular seasons, the Georgia Tech product has never been to the playoffs, something he hopes will be changing in the spring of 2011.

“I went from a team that was kind of at the bottom of the league, to a top-tier team competing in the Western Conference,” Jack said of the trade, which also enabled New Orleans to acquire reserve center David Andersen. “In Toronto, it was kind of up in the air of how we were going to do (this season). But here, we know that going to the playoffs and going deep in the playoffs is what’s being talked about. There is a seriousness around here that I like. The entire atmosphere is different, from 1 through 15. Everything is more magnified when you’re on team that has a certain goal in mind.”

Another factor behind Jack’s delight in coming to NOLA was his previous experience playing for Monty Williams. Williams was an assistant coach for the Trail Blazers during Jack’s first three pro seasons.

“He can knock down shots as a point guard,” Williams said of Jack, a career 45 percent shooter and 35 percent from three-point range. “He can get into the teeth of the defense and draw fouls. Jarrett understands how to play.”

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