The numbers say Jarrett Jack had a better year last season as the starting point guard for the New Orleans Hornets. He averaged more points, more assists and more minutes than he has for the Warriors this season.

But it's hard to argue against his impact with Golden State being the more respectable feat. Definitely the most fulfilling, he said. And he might end up with the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award for his troubles.

"When you're playing for something, that's always different," Jack said. "Both of (those situations) are special. But when you're associated with winning and you're able to do what we've been able to do here, I don't think anything can top that."

Jack is averaging 13.2 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 29.6 minutes. But the statistics don't give the full picture.

He's been the Warriors' primary offense off the bench. He's been a playmaker for the second team and a facilitator down the stretch. He's been an unmistakable locker room presence who holds fellow veterans accountable while encouraging the youngsters.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford figures to be the front-runner for the award. He has name recognition and is averaging 16.8 points per game for the third-best team in the Western Conference. But Jack has presented a strong case.