Peter Jok Keeps Hot Stroke, Adds Flair to 2018-19 Repertoire

By Jacob Withee | April 10, 2019

Peter Jok was on the doorstep of the NBA in his rookie year. He joined the Phoenix Suns for training camp in 2017 and was later allocated to the Northern Arizona Suns, where injuries limited his play in 2017-18. By getting his body right and adding some extra moves to his game in 2018-19, Jok showed everybody what he can bring to the table.

Of course, one thing will never change when it comes to Jok – his hot stroke. The 25-year-old has always been one of the best, if not the best, shooters on his team, starting at the prep level. This past season, Jok made 117-of-286 shots from three-point range, a 40.9 percent clip. His 117 three-point makes led the team and were the 14th most in the league. His percentage was 24th best in the league (min. 100 3PA), and he made the third most three-point shots among players who 40 percent or better from deep. He made a three-pointer in 42 of his 43 games played, making multiple three-pointers in 33 of those games.

So, his ability to knock down the outside shot has never changed. However, Jok did change some of his game from 2017-18 to 2018-19.

First, he showed great play-making ability off the dribble and more willingness to put the ball on the floor.  In his rookie year, Jok was primarily a spot-up shooter from outside. Of Jok’s 104 FGA that year, 83.7 percent of them came from deep, the highest percentage of any player in the league (min. 60 3PA, next highest was 82.7 percent by Shane Richards). This season, just under 57.8 percent of his shots were from long range, and 11.3 percent of attempts came at the rim. He used his outside shot as a dual threat, whether that meant he would take the long shot, or pump fake and blow by the defender.

Jok showcased his ability to take over a game. He had 10 20+ point games on the year, the second most on the team. He also had the second most points on the team, finishing the year with 616. He played his best when the game was on the line, averaging his most points in the fourth quarter (4.0 per fourth frame) and when the game is closest (5.4 average points when the game is within 1-5 points). As a whole, he averaged 14.3 points per game.

Finally, Jok showed great strides defensively and on the glass. Year-over-year, he moved from 0.4 steals per game to 1.4 steals per game, finishing with the second most steals on the team (59). He also moved from 2.2 rebounds per contest to 4.7 rebounds per game, securing the third most rebounds for NAZ (202).

Jok has proven he’s a complete player and not just a three-point specialist, so look for big things to come soon for the Iowa alumnus.