The Best of the Mediocre

Jarrett Jack

The best that can be said about the historically inefficient Jarrett Jack this season is that he’s been worse. As usual, his horrible defense and ball dominating cost his team. He was a favorite of former head coach Lionel Hollins, and before his season-ending ACL injury Jack was playing well over 30 minutes per game.

Jack shot 39 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point range, while averaging 3 turnovers. His 12.8 points and 7.4 assists aren’t enough to make up for his problems, because the fact is that Jack is a backup point guard. When he gets starter’s minutes, all he does is hurt his team.

The Nets were minus-6.2 points per 100 possessions with their starting point guard on the court this season. Again, that’s not the worst he’s ever played.

Grade: C

Shane Larkin

Shane Larkin was one of the Nets’ free agent acquisitions this summer. The former Knick came cheap after an unfortunate time in the triangle offense. He hasn’t been much better with his new team.

Brooklyn’s backup point guard is scoring just 6.7 points with 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 20.6 minutes, with a slash line of .442/.356/.804. His large negative discrepancy from offensive rating (98) to defensive rating (108) shows that he hasn’t been an asset on either end of the floor.

The Shane Larkin experiment has undoubtedly failed in Brooklyn, but with their cap situation they couldn’t have signed much better.

Grade: C-