Jarrett Jack was introduced today as a Raptor and team GM Bryan Colangelo was happy to reunite Jarrett with his former Georgia Tech teammate and four-time All-Star Chris Bosh.
“This is another piece of the puzzle that is hopefully going to bring it all together,” Colangelo said at a news conference at the Air Canada Centre.
Raptors.com has all the press conference video links if you’re into listening to all the ho-hum banter that goes along with a new player acquisition, but there was actually one thing that jumped out at me from the AP story.
Jack is one of just 11 NBA players who appeared in all 82 games in each of the past two seasons — last season with Indiana, where he supplanted former Raptors player T.J. Ford for the starter’s job, and the previous season in Portland.
“To describe me in a nutshell is ‘being tough,’” Jack said. “There are things along the road, going through this NBA journey that you’re going to have to play through, and injury and not being 100 percent every night are part of it.
“It’s being there for your teammates and trying to be the best teammate possible.”
Jarrett really did give us more than we could have asked for last season. He played hard, he was aggressive, he was a good guy and he showed more scoring and team management ability than I think most of us believed he was capable of. I think Bird made the right move in letting him walk for that amount of money, but all things being equal, it would have been nice to have him return.
Indy Cornrows seems to agree and he eulogized Jacks’s single Pacer season very well by compiling a list of the Top Ten single-season Pacer players of all time.
There’s certainly no denying the impact Jarrett Jack had on the Pacers last season amongst fans who loved his hustle and heart and enjoyed his demeanor. But could he actually be the best single season Pacer ever? That’s the goal as I look to break down the single year Pacers from Abernathy to Zeno, from Reggie to Miller, from Devin Durrant to Rick(y) Robey(o) (that is not a stretch…) to find out where Jarrett Jack falls, and if he is in fact the best single season Pacer ever.
Check over there to find out where Jarrett ranks.
Meanwhile, Adrian Dantley made it pretty high on Cornrows list despite only playing 23 games in Indianapolis — as well he should have. Dantley was an absolute beast and, while this is something I plan to address further in the future, the fact that it took him so long to get into the Hall of Fame further illustrates why Springfield is almost completely irrelevant.
I’m sure any ABA Pacer fan could list at least two other reasons, namely Slick Leonard and Mel Daniels.