All the crazy talk about him getting his publicity from his race in crazy to me, I think it comes from what he is doing on the court. Does it help? Of course, but he does have impressive numbers (other than turnovers) that you don’t see every day from a player that hasn’t played in more than 30 games last year let alone start.
Jeremy Lin is averaging 22.4 points a game as a starter and that is around the same as LeBron but the difference is LeBron doesn’t average 6.1 turnovers.
Lin also gets work done in the assists column averaging 8.8 a game.
But I think this can’t last long, and we got our first glimpse at his journey back to earth last night. The Knicks traveled to South Beach to take on the team that is leading the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat.
Lin scored only 8 points and matched that with 8 turnovers in the loss. Lin’s turnovers all turned into points on the other end of the court.
With that said you may say, but every player has an off day, and that is true in all sports but with all the turnovers that you see from the point guard every game is not a sign of a good future in the NBA.
ESPN has just made this worse as they did with Tim Tebow (but I won’t start that argument). They found 1 good stat for the 11 games he has started and now he is some super basketball player.
Turnovers are not a way to win games and that is what he does. Granted he does score a good percent of their points, he also give teams opportunities on the other end that they shouldn’t have and teams are soon going to take advantage of that.
And now that he is on teams scouting reports he isn’t going to get as many open looks as he did before, and force him to turn the ball over a lot more (if it’s possible).
After the All-Star break, I give is “talent” to fade within a month and he will return to a 6th man position.
I’m not trying to tear a rising player down. I’m just trying to lay down the facts so that when he does come down he will wont crash and burn because he was thought to be super human on the court.
He may never fall from his basketball pedestal and I will be the first to admit that I was wrong, but if he falls don’t act so surprised.