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Kadeem Jack Continues to Thrive in Expanded Role

By Matt Dykstra | February 1, 2018

Kadeem Jack has been one of the most efficient players in the NBA G League over his last 10 games, and the Force have relied heavily upon his production in what is now an extremely depleted front court. Jimmie Taylor remains sidelined with a hand injury, and AJ Hammons was recently recalled by the Miami HEAT and then waived to clear space for Dwyane Wade’s return. That has left Jack as the lone “big man” on the Skyforce roster, but the team continues to play its best basketball of the season.

Over his last 10 games, Jack has averaged 17.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest while shooting 78.5 percent (73-93) from the field. His percentage from the field in that span rivals some of his teammates free throw percentages. Jack, who stands at about 6-feet, 9-inches has made a living rolling to the basket, cleaning up offensive rebounds and finishing at the rim when the time comes.

At one point in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game against the Memphis Hustle, Jack had more fouls (4) than rebounds (2), having played just over five minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. However, Jack exploded late in the third quarter and into the fourth, finishing with an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double while shooting 7-of-8 from the field. It’s that kind of effort that has propelled Sioux Falls to the top of the Midwest Division, and to an 11-4 record so far in 2018.

“He’s been great [over the past 10 games],” said Coach Smith. “You know, the guy is 6-foot 8-inches and we’re asking him to go out and match up against 250-pound 7-footers. He’s done the best he can over the last few games and we’ve needed it.”

Jack is currently riding a three-game double-double streak heading into NBA All-Star Weekend, and will certainly need to stay hot if the Skyforce hope to make a splash down the stretch. Jack will look to use the extended break to recharge in advance of the final 13 games of the regular season as Sioux Falls doesn’t return to action until Saturday, February 24 in what will be a tough road battle against the South Bay Lakers.