Jeremy Lin's upside

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  1. SuperStar

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    That's normal for game threads. It's always been on spur of the moment comments.

    McHale leaves Delfino in during the 4th qtr "Mchale you $#@$#!@#$@ Delfino no good playing many minutes!"

    McHale sits Lin because of foul trouble. "Mchale you #$@$#@$# we need Lin!"

    .. Only difference is McHale is actually overarching and gets hate.
     
  2. iJHolmes

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    Why would comments saying take lin off the floor be a hater comment? the same with Linconsistent? For the most part (apart from the select LOFs) we're ALL rockets fans here. the problem with LOFs, (not sure if you are one or not) is they focus primarily on Lin, for the rest of us, just look through the game thread, if a player plays stupid, he's called out. Delfino has gotten much criticism on his off nights, so has parsons when he had is streak. The problem is whenever your guy is talked about, ALL the lofs come out and get offensive. Sometimes when lin is out of control, bricking open shots, or turning the ball over, he NEEDS to be taken out of the game. We have a good back up PG who brings a different style offense. Coach knows what he's doing. and Lin is very inconsistent, i see nothing wrong with calling him Linconsistent. Because its true. thats the biggest problem i have with LOFs is that in their minds he can never receive any negative feedback, when EVERY rockets player, even harden gets negative things said in these game threads. but there are no HOFs so no one gets bend out of shape over it. He has a bad game, we say you're sucking it up right now harden step it up, and everyone moves on. no one hops on one person for saying he was sucking it up.
     
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    because I find missing a jumper is not worth "Lin Sux" seems childish. I highly respect alot of people in this community and I consider most to have a high Basketball IQ. Most understand that players cant make 100% of there shots, or make 100% of there passes. So making a mistake doesnt warrant a childish frustrated accusation. I expect more I guess, Tired of new threads commenting on how much he sucks and they usually come right after a game thread and during a game thread.
     
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    lol music is horrible for a highlight video.
     
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    I will never stop believin' :)
     
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    Didn't know Lin was born in south Detroit.
     
  8. redearth

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    I really hope Lin starts to get consistent soon. Showing sparks of great play mixed in with head-scratching performances is frustrating for fans. But the real problem may be that his inconsistency could lead to a lack of confidence and trust from team mates. Maybe this is a bad example, but I've seen a couple times since the OKC game where Lin is expecting the ball on a new possession and Anderson waives him off to take the ball down the court himself. What happens if more team mates feel it's better to hang on to the ball more often, rather let Lin run the play?

    The kid has heart. I would hate to see the damage done to his career if the Rockets exit the playoffs on the perceived notion that Lin blew it on a clutch shot or a turnover from one of those jump in the air desperation passes.

    Forget Lin's upside. At this point, I think he still needs to prove himself to be a consistently dependable good player. Maybe that's his upside.
     
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    Yes, please!
     
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    From the standpoint of the New York Knicks, hoping to justify their decision to let Jeremy Lin leave in free agency and replace him at point guard with Raymond Felton, this season couldn't have started any better. Felton was excellent during the month of November as the Knicks got off to a surprising start, while Lin struggled to find his place next to James Harden with the Houston Rockets.

    Some three months later, it's worth revisiting the Lin decision. Felton's success, like his team's, has proved fleeting. Meanwhile, the Rockets and Lin are one of the league's hottest teams.

    Misleading month

    You remember November, right? President Barack Obama had just been re-elected, Manti Te'o was merely a linebacker in contention for the Heisman, and the Knicks were one of the NBA's best teams. Behind a flurry of 3-pointers and a smaller lineup with Carmelo Anthony at power forward, New York started the season 14-4. The Knicks capped that stretch with their second win over the Miami Heat and marked themselves as serious contenders in the Eastern Conference.

    New York's backcourt of Felton and fellow newcomer Jason Kidd played a major role in the fast start. Felton made 40 percent of his 3s in November while averaging 14.6 points and 6.7 assists. Kidd was even better beyond the arc at nearly 49 percent. As a team, the Knicks shot 41.6 percent from 3-point range, powering the league's best offensive rating in the month.

    Everyone said the shooting couldn't last, and it didn't. Since Dec. 1, New York has shot exactly the league average (35.8 percent) on 3-pointers. Felton, at 31.4 percent, has been even worse. The Knicks are still a very good offensive team, ranking sixth in points per possession from December onward, but not the juggernaut they once were.

    At the same time, as the chart shows, the Rockets were making the opposite transformation, with Lin as one of the leaders. As Houston has figured out how to utilize both Harden and Lin, the Rockets' offense has gone from solidly above average in November to elite. Lin's own statistics, as measured by wins above replacement, have seen a similar boost.

    Knicks finding their level

    The Knicks, it turns out, are who we thought they were. Since peaking at 14-4, they have consistently played at about a 45-win pace -- matching preseason expectations. Project that out through the rest of the schedule and New York figures to finish somewhere around 49 wins, which should be good for third in the East.

    Fears that the crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets will come back to win the Atlantic Division are probably overstated. While the Nets have climbed within two games in the standings, their point differential is barely better than .500, suggesting they're likely to regress somewhat the rest of the way. The same is true of the Atlanta Hawks, who sit fifth, leaving only the Chicago Bulls with a healthy Derrick Rose as a serious threat to the Knicks' top-three seed.

    Felton, it turns out, is also who we thought he was -- not quite as bad as he looked during his disastrous 2011-12 campaign in Portland, but not as good as he played during his first half-season in New York or the opening month this season. As much as Felton's playmaking and his ability to generate steals have helped the Knicks, he has had a tough time scoring efficiently since the 3s stopped falling. Felton is making just 42.4 percent of his 2-point attempts and has seen his true shooting percentage slip to 47.5 percent -- far worse than the league average of 53.2 percent.

    Moving beyond Linsanity

    For both the Knicks and Lin himself, Linsanity has become a distant memory. Gone are the headlines, the screaming fans and the incredible numbers Lin posted as the Knicks' go-to player last February. Instead of getting Linsanity, the Rockets ended up with Jeremy Lin, developing point guard.

    Playing next to Harden, Lin isn't the focal point of the Houston offense the way he was during the stretch that made him a household name. However, he has defied critics by showing the ability to thrive in that smaller role. In part, that's because of the adjustments made by the Rockets' coaching staff. It also reflects Lin's 3-point shooting regressing to the mean. After shooting 26.3 percent from downtown in November, Lin is at 34.4 percent since, making him something of a threat when opponents leave him open.

    The funny thing is Lin's 2012-13 stat line is relatively similar in many ways to what he did last year in New York. His effective field goal percentage, for example, is an identical .478. The difference in Lin's offense is entirely a matter of volume. He's down from using 28.1 percent of the Knicks' plays to 20 percent of Houston's, putting him precisely at the typical figure, and his assist rate has dropped by almost a third. Lin's overall performance, All-Star caliber in 2011-12's limited sample, is slightly below league average this season. That's a more sustainable level of play.

    Looking ahead

    Lin's ability to coexist with Harden, who doesn't use as many plays as Anthony but tends to dominate the ball to a greater extent, leads naturally to the question of whether Lin could have fit into an Anthony-centric offense at Madison Square Garden.

    There are advantages to Lin's current situation. Houston's fast pace, and the sheer number of pick-and-rolls the Rockets run as the basis of their offense, give him more opportunity to play in space than he might have had in New York. Still, it's not clear that Felton is any better fit for the Knicks than Lin would have been. According to mySynergySports.com, the two players have been about equally effective on spot-up opportunities, with Lin averaging 0.91 points per shot to Felton's 0.95. Surprisingly, Lin is a much more frequent spot-up shooter.

    We're also comparing these players as they are now, not as they will be at the end of the three-year contract Houston gave Lin. While Felton, 28, is likely to be about the same player at that point if not take a slight step backward, the 24-year-old Lin still has room to grow as an outside shooter and playmaker.

    The Knicks won the early rounds of the Lin versus Felton decision. If Lin already has pulled even, however, there may be no question who the better choice was in a couple of years.
     
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    Thanks!!
     
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    Appreciate this - A LOT. :grin:

     
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    thank you!

    IMO, it's a no brainer--felton is no better than lin is now and his game is his game. JL is just going to get better. i think it was kellerman on espn who rated the knicks not signing JL on a scale from 1-10 as a 12. he's absolutely right. the knicks aren't doing jack with felton at point. not that JL would have put them over the top either but at least he represents a future. WHO KNOWS how good JL would have been on the knicks?
     
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    To be fair, Felton is not paid as much as Lin. It's not a bad decision by Knicks considering all the financial implications of Lin's poison pill contract to them. But one thing for sure, with or w/o Lin, they will not win a championship anytime soon.

     
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    Air Langhi , thanks.
     
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mike Woodson doesn't expect Knicks to make trade prior to Thursday's deadline. Of course, Woodson also said Knicks would re-sign Jeremy Lin</p>&mdash; Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) <a href="https://twitter.com/FisolaNYDN/status/303929719609499649">February 19, 2013</a></blockquote>
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    Thanks Air Langhi.
     

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