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The Nets point guard conundrum

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John Schuhmann probably said it best, when the Nets bought out Deron Williams and seemed to anoint Jarrett Jack as their starting point guard. .

"Jack isn’t on Williams’ level as a point guard, but Williams isn’t on Jack’s level as a leader."

Now, Mike Mazzeo asks whether Jack is skilled enough to be the Nets starting point guard, following in a long line of All-Star quality point guards stretching back nearly two decades " from Sam Cassell to Stephon Marbury to Jason Kidd to Devin Harris to Deron Williams."

Looking at last season, Mazzeo says Jack doesn't look like a successor...

Jack, who holds modest career averages of 11 points and 4.4 assists per game during his decade-long stint in the league, posted an unsightly minus-314 plus/minus rating last season while shooting just 26.7 percent from 3-point range -- 8.1 percent below his career percentage.

Perhaps, Mazzeo writes, it was an aberration and no doubt Jack is a popular leader and that counts.

You see it at summer league in Las Vegas, watching Jack cheering on his younger teammates from his courtside seat, encouraging them and bringing positive vibes.

Next year could bring a change, no doubt, but this year, unless there's a surprise, Lionel Hollins will likely be whispering into Jarrett Jack's ear.