In the last two games, though, Jack has started to look the part of the player who received that contract.
On Friday against Miami, he had his first double-digit scoring game of the season with 17 points — he averaged 13.1 points per game last season.
Against Orlando on Sunday, he had eight points, seven rebounds and 11 assists.
“Coming into the league, I always heard stories about a guy who got his money and kind of put his feet up, so to speak,” Jack said.
“I don’t think anybody could look at me and ever say that. As you see, I’m always putting up extra shots and doing extra things to get prepared for the game. Not so much that I didn’t want to let myself down — I didn’t want to let everybody else down. I think that was some of the added pressure in the beginning.”
Jack’s dual role makes his slow progress understandable. In addition to being Jose Calderon’s backup at point guard, he has also spent major minutes in crunch time on the floor with both Calderon and Hedo Turkoglu, who has most of the late-game ball-distribution responsibilities.