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    Default How is Kyle Lowry different from Jarrett Jack?

    Last season stats for Jack and Lowry:


    Jack and Lowry's numbers were scarily similar last season, and they also played and started around the same number of games. Worth noting that Jack took a huge step forward, doubling nearly every stat from the previous season while Lowry has been climbing rather more steadily.

    And we saw Jarrett Jack more as a solid backup than a legit starter during his Raptors tenure, so what differentiates Lowry from Jack? Is he really a core piece and a definite upgrade or just another PG controversy ready to brew?
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    Good comparison imo. I always thought Jarrett was an under rated leader for the Rap's. They both have similar games and builds as well as characteristics, but I think Lowry is a far better defender and has a higher level of the same skills which they both share.

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    Stats are simmilar, but don't forget that Jack played for a much worse team that always inflates stats and Lowry played at an allstar level in the begining of the season

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    Jack played on a Hornets team minus Gordon or pretty much any other option.

    Lowry played a bunch of games later in the season in conflict with the coach/ coming off surgery and sickness

    These are variables that make a major impact imo
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    Quote Vykis wrote: View Post
    Stats are simmilar, but don't forget that Jack played for a much worse team that always inflates stats and Lowry played at an allstar level in the begining of the season
    doesn't seem to inflate the stats of the bad players. The argument the other way can be having good teammates inflates stats because they make a players game easier. Better teammates to pass to, bigger threats for the defense to concentrate on, better defenders to help the player out etc. Deron Williams comes to mind - went from a superstar, to a (atleast statistically) weaker PG.

    But here's another comparison (includes per 36, %s, some advanced #s etc)

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/...ryky01&y2=2012

    a quick look I think its fair to say Lowry probably comes out as the better player, although Jack was slightly more efficient (in eFG%, and assists/turnovers). I'd say Lowry might not be quite as good as fans are hoping he will be (take that as a relative term - not quite an all-star, but hardly an 'average' player either), and Jack was a bit underrated while he was here.

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    Also, Jarrett Jack is one of the worst defenders in the NBA at the point guard position, whereas Kyle Lowry is perhaps the best. that's the real difference.

    One of the funny things about the Jack/Calderon debate in retrospect is that in terms of defense, about the only worse defender in the league at PG than Jack is Calderon. So Jack was/is the better defender, but it's kind of like how Kleiza has a better handle than Ed Davis.

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    Whether he's(Lowry) a core piece, an upgrade or a controversy waiting to brew depends entirely on us fans and mainly the media. It's important to look at him as a good PG who fits Casey's system and nothing more. The problem with us Raptors fans and the Toronto media is that we sensationalize an OK acquisition and herald him like he's the next superstar. It is important to expect him to deliver as much as he's capable of. I don't think he's an upgrade over Jose. It's just that his age and style of play suits our present need. While I've always liked Jack, if I have to choose between the two as my starter, it would definitely be Lowry. I would love to have Jack as the back-up. In-fact I did check the trade machine to see if he's available but he's not.
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    i don't know...I really liked it when we got Jack, but it didn't take long to figure out he was a bit of a headcase. He has the toughness to be a good leader, but I think his ego and brain get in the way. This was the same thing with Bayless. With Bayless more so, but it felt like a lot of times when he or Jack made a play, even with success, it was the "wrong" play. The kind of play where a coach is like "NO! NO! don't do that!!!" but then the ball goes in...that's also another thing that inflates stats when you're on a bad team, because coach can't sit your ass down when you do that.
    The comparison may make a lot of sense in terms of talents, but really the impact Lowry has is much more desirable. Maybe it's because he really fought for his spot, whereas with Jack and Bayless it felt like despite the chip on their shoulder, they expected to be handed a big role. I don't know, this is just a subjective rant, and I could see the argument that Lowry may not be an upgrade, but I just believe from watching him and reading about him that he "gets it" better than they do. He's contributed to pretty talentless Houston teams enough for them to have winning records the last 3 years, the last 2 with him as starting PG.

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    Quote playmak3r5 wrote: View Post
    Jack and Lowry's numbers were scarily similar last season, and they also played and started around the same number of games.
    Here's a better set of stats - per 48 mins played rather than per game - which shows that yes, Jack is a good solid point guard (.100 is average), and Lowry is significantly better (.200+ is star level) ... from a combination of better rebounding, more steals, drawing more fouls, more assists, more 3-pointers at a good clip, and ... well, look for yourself.

    http://is.gd/Ipndz9 (the whole comparison)
    http://www.thenbageek.com/players/compare (where to go to do them)
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    Quote Craiger wrote: View Post
    doesn't seem to inflate the stats of the bad players. The argument the other way can be having good teammates inflates stats because they make a players game easier. Better teammates to pass to, bigger threats for the defense to concentrate on, better defenders to help the player out etc. Deron Williams comes to mind - went from a superstar, to a (atleast statistically) weaker PG.

    But here's another comparison (includes per 36, %s, some advanced #s etc)

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/...ryky01&y2=2012

    a quick look I think its fair to say Lowry probably comes out as the better player, although Jack was slightly more efficient (in eFG%, and assists/turnovers). I'd say Lowry might not be quite as good as fans are hoping he will be (take that as a relative term - not quite an all-star, but hardly an 'average' player either), and Jack was a bit underrated while he was here.
    Looking at the stats, I'd prefer Lowry over Jack. It's worth noting their WS. To be fair with Jack though, he had a great career here.

    I'd like to see their comparison though on mysynergysports on P&R, iso, and etc.

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    All respect to Lowry, but until I see him tie his shoes while handling the ball, this comparison is moot.

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    Lowry is a better defender. He is also not as ball-dominant as Jack in the sense that he doesn't take nearly as many shots. He also is slightly more efficient offensively as he gets to the line more often.

    I welcome the initial post, though. The expectations on this guy are way too high. Reading some of the posts this summer one would think they traded for Isiah Thomas in his prime.

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    scrubs the whole bunch of dem

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    this is a classic example of why you need to watch the game and ignore the stats (for the most part).

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    Quote minks77 wrote: View Post
    this is a classic example of why you need to watch the game and ignore the stats (for the most part).
    Why? A stats fan would tell you this is a classic example of how just watching games to come to conclusions can be misleading. A Jarret Jack fan would tell you this is a classic example of how stats give more insight into a players worth.

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    I don't think it is a fair comparison.

    Lowry is a much better defender. Plus Lowry's numbers reflect his diminished numbers when he returned at the end of the season for 9 games and only averaged 18mins per game while playing SH!T.

    Lowry's pre-sickness numbers - and all are starts:

    38 games
    35.4 minutes
    15.9 points
    5.1-12.1
    .418 fg%
    1.9-4.8
    .388 3pt%
    3.9-4.5
    .865 ft%
    5.3 reb
    7.2 ast
    0.3 blk
    1.8 stl
    3.2 to


    For those diminishing his expected impact, I would say getting an arguably top 10 player at a position is worth getting excited/optimistic/hopeful over.

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    Their hat size

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    uuhhh...defense? forget the intangibles....its in the numbers: one more steal per game and one more rebound per game(which is significant at the PG position)

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    Watch 1 game of Lowry and you'll see the difference. I like Jack, always have, but Lowry is a significant upgrade. Lowry is a real defender the likes of which we haven't seen at the point position. Lowry is also a better leader imo. He has had to fight tooth and nail to get where he is, and that commands a certain respect among teammates. Lowry will also make the offence better.

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    Quote Axel wrote: View Post
    Watch 1 game of Lowry and you'll see the difference. I like Jack, always have, but Lowry is a significant upgrade. Lowry is a real defender the likes of which we haven't seen at the point position. Lowry is also a better leader imo. He has had to fight tooth and nail to get where he is, and that commands a certain respect among teammates. Lowry will also make the offence better.
    I'm just skeptical because Houston essentially gave up Lowry for dirt in exchange. Even though they were seemingly not happy with him, why would they make it so obvious they wanted to get rid of him? Is it to save money? They certainly didn't improve their roster due to it.
    Hell, even we got better return for getting rid of Hedo even though he played shit and the whole organization had beef with him ever since that night-club fiasco.

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