Tonite's Clippers-Warriors game got me wondering, which reserve PG would I rather have? Bledsoe has been getting a lot attention this year, and justifiably so, but Jarrett Jack has been playing really well for a Golden State team that has been overachieving without key injured players. For the sake of this thought experiment, I'm considering each player in a vacuum, apart from their age, their contracts, and their respective potential -- who's bringing more to the table this season.
In terms of the eye test, it's easily Bledsoe: he's a better defender, and generally much more exciting offensively. I looked up their respective statistics for this season, however, and I think Jack has a slight edge.
JJ plays about 10 more minutes a game than Bledsoe, and he averages about five points and three assists more per game. Bledsoe averages about an extra steal per game, in less minutes, but their turnover numbers are similar, while Jack plays more.
Their advanced statistics have Bledsoe with a three-point edge in PER. Jack's true shooting percentage is about .05 points higher, which is negligible, and his usage rate is almost four points lower: 20.5 to Bledsoe's 24.1. Their usage rate disparity should also be taken into account when considering their turnover statistics. Finally, Jack produces half a win-share more, per game, but that includes a 2.2 to 0.8 offensive win share differential (in Jack's favour), and a 1.6 to 0.9 defensive win share differential (in Bledsoe's favour).
In a vacuum, I would take Bledsoe this season, as I imagine most would, but it's not as obvious a choice as I'd previously thought. What does everyone else think, and how do you think these guys fit into the 6MOY race?
[all stats from basketball reference]
Bledsoe no doubt, he's easily the better two way player as jack can't guard anyone, and his potential is through the roof. Look at each players trade value will show you how valuable they are considered in the league, Eric could easily be flipped for a high pick or a good player if need be
I agree with what you're saying, but I was only considering the players within the context of this season, aside from their contracts, ages, or relative levels of potential.
I still think it's Bledsoe, and largely for the defensive deficiencies to which you'd alluded, but I don't think the gap is as big as it may seem.
To me it would be situational. For a team like my Pacers or the Grizz Jack would be the better option due to his more advanced offensive production.
In saying that just looking at the numbers I would take Jack as he is up there with the top 6th men in the NBA right now and if potential is not taken into account he is who I go with.
Bledsoe has crazy athleticism and is a lock down defender. Jack is clearly the better shot maker but I will take the youth and defense over a guy who can knock down shots any day. There are a lot more Jarret Jack type players in this league than there are Eric Bledsoes.
I think Bledsoe is the better player of the two but Jack is way more valuable to the Warriors then Bledsoe is to the Clips,because Steph Curry is injury prone without Jack there F'd ,of course the same could be said for the Clips without CP3 but he usually doesn't get injured.Jack also allows Steph Curry to play off the ball and be a deadly scorer that you can't get an inch off of
I'd take Jack because of his experience and playmaking, but Bledsoe has got him almost everywhere else.
This season? I'd take Jack without thinking twice.
Bledsoe is more athletic and defends better, but he's still not really a good shooter and his decision making is questionable. I also think he plays selfish sometimes.
Jack has been just as important to the Warriors as Crawford has been to the Clippers this season.
jarret jack and calderon are the best back up PG's in the league without question unless im forgetting someone... jarret jack makes the right play and plays with good fundamentals.... hes underrated i think.... indy bball basically summed up everything i wanna say
and jarret jack right now is the better player....right now
If I had 4 guys on the floor and I had to choose a PG and these two guys were left i'm picking Eric Bledsoe.