Jack finds 'new beginning' in Brooklyn

Jarrett Jack certainly didn’t draw it up this way.

When the 30-year-old point guard started high school, he didn’t think he’d end up attending four different high schools.

And when he got drafted in 2005 out of college, Jack didn’t think he’d wind up being involved in five different trades and playing for seven NBA different teams over the past decade.

That’s just the way it’s worked out.

“I think when we get drafted, we have a certain dream that we envision or a way that we think things are supposed to go,” Jack, now with the Brooklyn Nets, said in a recent interview after practice.

“All of us would’ve loved to stay with one franchise for our entire tenure in the NBA, but I look at it as a plus. I’ve been able to live in numerous amounts of places, get familiar with different cities, see how people react in different environments, and that’s what I love about it the most.”

Would he like to stay in Brooklyn for a while? “I hope so,” Jack said. “I always wondered what living in the tri-state area would be like, so I’m kinda getting accustomed to the way things are and feeling my way through traffic.”

For now, Jack says, he’ll live in New Jersey near the team’s East Rutherford practice facility. “We’ll see what happens,” he said.

A new beginning in Brooklyn

During the 2012-13 playoffs, Jarrett Jack was unstoppable.

He averaged 17.2 points and 4.7 assists in 35.5 minutes per game for the Golden State Warriors while shooting 50.6 percent from the field. The 12-game stretch represented the best stretch of basketball Jack has played during his 10-year career.

He parlayed that postseason success into a four-year, $25 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but struggled to produce on a young team which quickly found itself in rebuilding mode.

The Nets, who coveted Jack dating back to last season’s trade deadline, acquired him in a three-way deal over the summer -- which enabled Cleveland to bring back superstar LeBron James with its extra cap space -- with the hope that he can rediscover his sparkplug scoring ways off their bench.

Jack believes he’s primed to have a big year in Brooklyn. “No question,” he said. “With the combination of the system and then the players that draw so much attention themselves, it allows opportunities for all of us to be successful.”

There will certainly be plenty of offensive weapons around him. “[We have] a lot of guys on the perimeter, and we’ve got a nice anchor in the middle like Brook (Lopez) that’s going to draw a lot of attention,” Jack said. “We have to do our best job of trying to take advantage of the opportunities that come our way.”

Jack will wear No. 0 this season, which represents “new beginnings,” he said.

The winding road it took to get here

The first time Jarrett Jack lived away from home, he was 15. He missed hanging around with the friends he had made when he was young. He lost touch with several people much earlier than he wanted to.

But basketball was his dream, and he enrolled in the finest private schools in order to set himself up for a bright future.

First, Jack attended DeMatha Catholic and St. Vincent Pallotti in his native state, Maryland. From there it was on to Mount Zion Academy in North Carolina and finally, Worcester Academy in Massachusetts.

As a junior, he scored 56 points in a game. As a senior, he averaged 20.2 points, 10.5 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals.

Jack went on to play college ball at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he spent three years before declaring for the draft.

The Portland Trail Blazers acquired Jack’s rights after he was selected 22nd overall by the Denver Nuggets in 2005. He spent three seasons in Portland, emerging as the starter in his second season in the league.

But Jack has yet to play consecutive full seasons in the same place ever since.

He’s been with Indiana, Toronto, New Orleans, Golden State, Cleveland and now, Brooklyn.

According to basketball-reference.com, Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith share the NBA record for most franchises played -- 12.

What he brings to the table

It doesn’t take long to realize that Jarrett Jack likes to run. He likes to push tempo.

Maybe the Nets’ first unit prefers to play slow. Jack doesn’t.

Even though it’s been only two preseason games, Jack seems like the perfect change-of-pace player Brooklyn can bring off its bench to provide a spark. He’s averaged 9.0 points and 4.5 assists in 22.5 minutes. He’s turned the ball over just twice.

Nets coach Lionel Hollins has floated the idea of playing Jack and starter Deron Williams together in the same backcourt at the end of games. “I think Jarrett’s probably going to be one of the biggest X-factors for this team,” Joe Johnson said on media day. “I think he’s very underrated, a guy that can do multiple things, as far as catch and shoot, shooting off the dribble, create, defending, another ball handler who can break down the defense. So I think it’s only a plus for us, man. I was excited when we got him.”

Jack, who has made $31.2 million during his career, has two seasons left on his contract, though only $500,000 of his $6.3 million annual wage is guaranteed for 2016-17.

History suggests that Jack might not be around that long here either.

But he’d probably be just fine with that. After all, Jarrett Jack has grown accustomed to being on the move.