Position analysis: Point guard
July, 28, 2014
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports New acquisition Jarrett Jack is a scoring point guard who can start in case D-Wil isn't healthy.Now that free agency has died down, we’re taking a look at where the Nets currently stand position-by-position. Today, we look at point guard.
New additions: PG/SG Jarrett Jack, PG Xavier Thames.
Returning/on roster: PG Deron Williams, PG Jorge Gutierrez, PG Marquis Teague.
Gone: PG Shaun Livingston.
The starter: Williams is the starting point guard unless new coach Lionel Hollins decides to go with a two point guard lineup like Jason Kidd did with Livingston and Williams. If that’s the case, Hollins could start Jack alongside Williams. Health remains the biggest question mark surrounding Williams, who hopes to come back stronger than before after surgery on his ankles.
The wild card: Jack. The guard saw his numbers dip last season to averages of 9.5 points, 4.1 assists and 41% shooting overall for the Cavs. But in 2012-’13, Jack averaged 12.9 points, 5.6 assists and 45% shooting while in Golden State. He also hit big shots in the postseason and was fearless for the Warriors. The Nets are hoping to get that Jack to replace the departed Livingston. Jack’s value also is that he is a scoring point guard who can start in case Williams isn’t healthy.
Outlook: The Nets’ season could very well be determined by their point guard play. The Nets need Williams to regain his health, confidence and All-Star game again. Losing Livingston in free agency was a major blow. And losing Kidd also has an impact on the point guard play as well since he could provide his future Hall-of-Fame vision from the bench. But if Williams and Jack can regain their former play and have a good season, the Nets will benefit greatly. This position is the most important position for the Nets this season.
Question: How big of a loss is losing Kidd and Livingston for the Nets' point guard play this season?