Jeff Hornacek praises Jarrett Jack’s performance as starter
The New York Knicks are in a state of flux after their third straight loss on Sunday to the lowly Atlanta Hawks. However, head coach Jeff Hornacek has been pleased with the play of point guard Jarrett Jack.
Although the Knicks’ performance has been ugly as of late, Hornacek praised Jack’s ability to orchestrate the offense since taking over the starting point guard duties full-time, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley
“I think Jarret’s been solid all year. You’re not going to get a spectacular highlight, dunks of maybe some young point guards. But he knows how to run a team. He’s thinking out there. He’s thinking Ok this guy hasn’t had a shot for a while. So which play am I going to call to get them that shot. Or how can I get KP the ball maybe closer to the block. He’s that thinking point guard that has done a great job in getting us organized in things and he’ll continue to do that.”
Jack stepped into a central role after the performance of point guard Frank Ntilikina began to flounder as the 2017-18 NBA season progressed. Needless to say, the rookie has been unable to recapture his spot due to the veteran’s stellar play as of late.
Jack has largely served as a backup throughout his career, often providing a quick scoring punch when needed off the bench. However, he has managed to get a solid grasp of the offense and Hornacek’s system. That said, it does not appear as if Ntilikina will see an increase in minutes anytime soon.