This, this right here is Jarrett Jack's game. The newcomer to Brooklyn loves to have the ball in his hands, and loves his mid-range jumper. Although analytics advise against taking a 18-foot jump shot, off the dribble none the less, Jack thrives in that spot.
According to Basketball Reference, Jack is taking nearly 29% of his shots this season from in between 16 feet and the three-point line, more than any other spot on the floor. Is this good offense? Ideally the Nets would be better off getting into the paint or taking three-pointers, but in Jack's case, this is just fine. Furthermore, Jack is hitting on 46% of those shots from 16 feet to the three-point line.
It's a tough shot, off the bounce 15-20 footers, but Jack has his form down pat. He has a low, quick dribble, and rises up quickly into his jumper. When teams have conservative pick-and-roll schemes like the Wizards do in the above clip, Jack can use his nifty shot to his advantage.
Kevin Seraphin drops back to stop the Jack drive and the Brook Lopez dive to the basket as Garrett Temple attempts to recover from the Lopez screen. However, Seraphin is too far back to contest the confident Jack, who has complete faith in his jumper. Jack is a great asset to have in pick-and-roll situations; he, Mason Plumlee and Brook Lopez have formed a lethal attack through this sort of action. With Plumlee, Jack finds the big fella diving down to the rim with ease, and the Team USA member gets an easy finish.
Jack also loves to push the tempo, which gives Plumlee easy dunks considering he is one of the most athletic bigs in the league. With Lopez though, since the Stanford big man returned from a lower back strain and Plumlee has become the starter, Lopez has been used as a pick-and-pop weapon.
Lopez is a fine jump shooter from similar distances that Jack likes to shoot at, and this type of game can make it difficult for teams to gameplan for Brooklyn. Jack tends pull it off of one or two dribbles off a Lopez screen, forcing the opposing big man to jump out, but Lopez can be on the opposite side of the floor, prepared to take a set shot parallel to Jack.
But back to Jack's jump shooting, because it is quite fascinating just how much he shoots off the dribble. According to SportVu data on NBA.com, 36% of Jack's shots come off of seven + dribbles (!). For reference, Russell Westbrook, an incredibly ball dominant player who loves to dribble the ball, take 28% of his shots off of seven + dribbles, nearly 35% of them are off of three-to-six dribbles. What's more impressive is that Jack shoots just about 48% off of those seven dribbles jumpers.
Clearly, Lionel Hollins has allowed Jack to take control of this team's offense and that has resulted in a lot of confidence for Jack, who has played progressively better for Brooklyn as the season has progressed (this could also be attributed to Deron Williams' injury, which left Jack as the only reliable point on the roster).
The vote of confidence the Georgia Tech product has seemingly received from Hollins, along with heavy minutes that were earned over the past month, Jack has taken over the Nets offense-if you haven't noticed Joe Johnson has played the role of facilitator much more often lately as he battles tendinitis and the impressive Jack.
Jack has taken a lot of his shots with a defender considered "tight" on him by NBA.com (NBA.com defines this as a defender within two-to-four feet). 48% of Jack's shot comes with a "tight" defender on him, but he does do a fine job of getting as much separation as he can. See here as Jack brushes off John Wall with this pretty step back.
Jack has been kinda of a saving grace for Brooklyn this year. Since the calendar flipped to 2015, Jack has been a positive for the team. When he is off the floor, which hasn't been often, the Nets are averaging under 94 points per 100 possessions. When he is playing, the Nets are putting up more than 100 points per 100 possessions, which isn't a great mark in the big picture, but for a Nets' team thats offense has fallen off a cliff since the New Year, that is a solid mark. Only Cory Jefferson, Deron Williams, and Bojan Bogdanovic have a higher offensive rating since January 1.
Jack's unorthodox offensive skill set has proven to be quite efficiency despite it's glaring issues, and it has transformed Brooklyn's offense as they move into the final third of the season.