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Jarrett Jack: Already a Hawk?

June 8, 2007

Atlanta Hawk?It’s pure speculation at this point, but Portland Trailblazers beat writer John Canzano think it’s inevitable that JJ will be packing his bags this offseason. It’s a little surprising in that he looked like the clear cut PG of the future in Portland earlier in the year, but he did hit a massive rut as the season wore on. His game needs some polish, especially offensively. On top of that, Sergio Rodriguez was a very exciting, highlight-reel type of player off the bench. On top of that, Roy began handling a bulk of the late-game ball handling duties, a trend that will continue.

Portland is scheduling workouts with players who are going to be picked in the 10-25 range, which tells me the Blazers have already made a deal for a second first-round pick. I’m thinking Atlanta’s No. 11 pick, which makes me wonder if Jarrett Jack has already been dealt.

Spanish Chocolate has the tools to be an extremely effective point guard, but am I the only one who conjures up images of Jason Williams’ early years with the Kings when I see him? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Blazers are angling to snag Acie Law with the pick if they do make a move for it. Either way, we’ve heard from several sources that Portland is pushing to get into that portion of the draft. Hard. If they do have designs on Mr. Law, they’ll likely need to at least get in front of the Clippers at 14 because LA is in desperate need of another PG prospect. Sam Cassell is 37 going on 58 and I’ll be shocked if Shaun Livingston is ever an effective PG again (He has resumed walking though, so there’s that).

Here’s my question with all of this though: Isn’t Mike Conley Jr. an obligatory pick for the Hawks at this point after letting ball handlers Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Randy Foye and Brandon Roy slip through their fingers the last two drafts? Would acquiring Jack change that?

4 Comments »Posted by Andrew Thell on Jun. 8, 2007 at 3:42 pm in NBA

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If the Blazers would rather have Acie Law than Jarrett Jack I would be fine with that. I think Law has some very nice potential and it seemed as though Jack resented all the attention Sergio Rodriguez got last year. The more I think about it the more I think Atlanta would be willing to trade their #11 straight up for Jack. It would allow them to pass on Conley at #3 and take either Brandon Wright or Al Horford. Plus, Jack is a local product.

Now if the Blazers could also trade Zach Randolph to get Corey Brewer that would be the final piece of the puzzle. Maybe a trade with Milwaukie or Chicago could accomplish that. Without Randolph the Blazers would be thin at power forward, but 4 second draft picks could help with that. Guys like Nick Fazekas, Glen Davis and Sean Williams should be available in the 2nd round. I think the Blazers might trade Dickau and one of their second round picks for a higher second round pick to help get the guys they want.

I like the idea of a Blazer roster next year looking something like this:

PG: Sergio Rodriguez, Acie Law, Taurean Green
SG: Brandon Roy, Martell Webster, Fred Jones
SF: Ime Udoka, Corey Brewer, Jared Dudley
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge, Nick Fazekas, Glen Davis
C: Greg Oden, Joel Przybilla, Raef LaFrentz

I think the Blazers will pass on re-signed Outlaw as he will probably be able to get more somewhere else.

Also, I’m hoping Darius Miles either retires or Paul Allen buys him out of his contract so he is no longer on the roster.

Posted by: Dan on June 8th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

I totally agree. Jack’s strengths are mitigated by Roy and Rodriguez’s skill set. I also think any title contender in today’s NBA needs an elite wing defender, somebody who can guard the opponent’s best SG/SF. I don’t have a hard time imagining Corey Brewer developing into that type of player.

The inside combination of Oden’s defense and Aldridge’s smooth offense is extremely compelling, and paired with Roy outside there’s the makings of an elite core with only two positions to fill in PG and SF (ideally talented but complimentary role players with strong specific skill sets). I’m really excited with the direction of the Blazers because over the last few years I’ve adopted Portland, Boston and Atlanta as my bandwagons to get on before there is a bandwagon. Let’s get Zach out of the picture (for fair value) and the Jailblazers will be a thing of the past with annual playoff appearances on the horizon.

Posted by: Andrew on June 9th, 2007 at 11:41 pm

First Thing’s FIRST, if Atlanta passes on Conley, they screwed themselves. That’s all I need to say.

Jack is just a two-guard, and putting him in Atlanta will make his entire career meaningless. Atlanta will not go anywhere if they pick up Jack. So he’s from Georgia Tech..big deal!! He cannot consistently create for teamates and will struggle down the stretch. He’ll bust himself into Speedy Claxton level. Those Hawks should just sell themselves to Winnipeg unless they toss out Billy “Dumbass” Knight!

If Portland pulls this off, they will fleece Atlanta as they did with Boston and Minnesota.

Posted by: Anthony Yu on June 11th, 2007 at 1:15 am

Obviously you have not seen Jarrett Jack play. He is a true PG who has the size and strength to body SG. He was the heart and soul of GT for 2 seasons and he led them to the NCAA Championship in 2004 against a stacked UCONN team. Tony Yu, watch more basketball before you speak. And don’t try to compare Conley’s NCAA success to Jarrett’s because Conley had Oden, while Jack had no one.

Posted by: Delaware Jones on June 23rd, 2007 at 9:39 pm

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