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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jeremy Lin, By The Books

Jeremy Lin is your textbook point guard. He focuses on penetrating into the lane, keeping his dribble until an option presents itself, and making the safe pass to the open man. He appears poised at times, but that doesn’t prevent him from playing an energetic brand of basketball. Lin is averaging 1.7 stl/36 and is able to run the fast break.

The Knicks, lately devoid of Melo and STAT, are on a three-game win streak since D’Antoni inserted Lin into the lineup during the Nets game. Perhaps it’s because Lin fits the Knicks better than the other point guards on the roster. Douglas and Bibby frequently pick up their dribble and prefer to stay outside the arc instead of “wetting” their feet in the paint.

Like Steve Nash or Jason Kidd, Lin weaves in and out of the paint, continuing his dribble even through crowds of defenders. Once he’s near the basket, he has an innate ability to assess the defense. If it’s one-on-one, he can finish at the rim and has the knack for drawing the and-1 foul, as seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5vKayhN2Ug. If he is double-teamed, he either kicks it out to a shooter, or finds a big man rolling to the hoop, like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B3MRqMwh54.

In the last three games, Jeremy is shooting 59% from the field, 80% from the line, and averaging 25 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds in 39 minutes per game. His shot still needs work, but the form looks good. Most of his jumpers so far have fallen short, which would indicate his legs aren’t in “basketball shape.” Thus far Lin has faced some of the league’s weaker teams. As the season progresses opponents will prepare better for him by crowding the middle, taking away his right hand, and forcing him to take more jump shots. The Lakers on Friday will be his toughest challenge to date.

Jeremy Lin is a Harvard grad who went undrafted in 2010. His game may be elementary, but Lin seems to be excelling where other players from big name schools have failed.

22 comments on “Jeremy Lin, By The Books

  1. d-mar

    Don’t know if anyone watched the end of the Celtic game, but Pierce makes that same shot every single time against us. Glad he missed though, would rather not have the Lakers feeling pissed off tomorrow.

  2. Gamecockerbocker

    I think if Lin shreds the Lakers D like he has NJ’s Utah’s and DC’s, the “experts” will just say “wait till he plays a good YOUNG defense like the Bulls” or some crap like that.

  3. Brian Cronin

    I don’t care if you wish to take issue with a particular article written on the site, but come on, folks, you gotta be reasonable. There’s no call to be mean to a guy. If we see an over-the-line comment, we’re gonna delete it.

  4. Brian Cronin

    I think if Lin shreds the Lakers D like he has NJ’s Utah’s and DC’s, the “experts” will just say “wait till he plays a good YOUNG defense like the Bulls” or some crap like that.

    He really is a lot like Tebow in that regard, in that each example of him succeeding has corresponding articles fawning over him and tearing him down.

  5. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    This is just a huge dropoff in quality from anything Bob, JP, Mike, or you write. I’m not attacking the guy, just the quality of the writing.

  6. JK47

    Nuggets lose fifth in a row, this time at home to a mediocre Golden State team. They are now 7th in the Western Conference.

  7. BigBlueAL

    Brian Cronin: He really is a lot like Tebow in that regard, in that each example of him succeeding has corresponding articles fawning over him and tearing him down.

    Difference is Lin is actually succeeding and is one of if not the main reason his team is winning lately where as Tebow sucked and his team won in spite of him but he still got praise as if he was the reason they won.

  8. hoolahoop

    When are we all going to watch a game together?
    Of course, we’ll have to wait for our big guns to return, but let’s all meet at a bar in the city for a good game. . . maybe in late feb or march.
    Anyone in?

  9. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    BigBlueAL: Difference is Lin is actually succeeding and is one of if not the main reason his team is winning lately where as Tebow sucked and his team won in spite of him but he still got praise as if he was the reason they won.

    Tebow wasn’t great, but some QB ratings had his ground game rated pretty highly. And for the first few games, he threw almost no interceptions. But I will agree: he is not a good QB, on the whole.

  10. BigBlueAL

    The Honorable Cock Jowles: Tebow wasn’t great, but some QB ratings had his ground game rated pretty highly. And for the first few games, he threw almost no interceptions. But I will agree: he is not a good QB, on the whole.

    No doubt he is an excellent runner for a QB and the man has some guts. He did protect the ball amazingly well during the winning streak but he might be one of the worst passing QB’s I have ever seen in the NFL and started turning it over left and right when the team started losing.

    Obviously the problem was people saying he shouldve been a Pro Bowler and even get some MVP votes when they were winning. The Tebow hype was ludicrous. At least Lin is earning his praise from his actual play on the court unlike Tebow who was getting praise for his team’s success when he had very little to do with it in all honesty.

  11. BigBlueAL

    But I will say it was pretty fun watching some of Tebow’s late-game heroics even if they did involve his kicker making kicks from almost 60 yards lol

  12. JK47

    Maybe if Tebow didn’t COMPLETELY SUCK for the first three and half quarters of pretty much every single Bronco game, they wouldn’t have needed all the miracle comebacks. Tebow’s “success” was probably the worst thing that could have happened to the Broncos. They’ll never be able to get rid of him now.

  13. jon abbey

    yeah, I don’t know whose nephew Zach is, but his writing is about three levels worse than everyone else here, except Thomas B. of course.

    also the semi-random censorship here kind of sucks. if someone as innately slow-witted as THCJ calls me slow-witted, I’d like to know.

  14. Brian Cronin

    The key thing is whether it is fair to rip on Lin’s success or not, we are going to see one “he’s not that good – he’s a product of the system” article for every three “Linsanity” piece that go up (provided he continues to succeed, of course).

    I am pleased that the game is on ESPN tonight. We have a party to go to tonight, so it is cool that I can Tivo the game and watch it later. I like what Bill Simmons had to say about the Lin situation, that leave it to James Dolan to unearth a gem like Lin only to not let many New Yorkers actually watch him play.

  15. RastaPappa

    IMO Lin does one thing so nice. He doesn’t stop dribble. And that’s why the rest of the Knicks boys have to move all the time. I really hope that then Melo comes back he understands that this is the key to success. Don’t stop ball.

  16. daJudge

    Zach, I’m also somewhat concerned about Lin’s left handed abilities. As far as his conditioning, I hope that explains why his shot has been a bit flat and short at times. Personally, I think its simply technique. I do agree that his ability to keep his dribble has been quite refreshing. What’s most refreshing though is that I can only nit pick about Lin.

    On Tebow, I thought the rancorous nature of the debate was fascinating. I live in a conservative area and the amount of love/hate he received was like a socio/political/religious referendum. Many of my friends and folks down to the Y watched Denver games just to see him succeed, like it was evidence of God’s existence. My running joke was that I would convert to his faith if Denver won the Superbowl, which would have clearly been proof of God’s existence.

  17. Bruno Almeida

    I don’t know, Lin and Tebow don’t seem that similar to me… the biggest thing about Lin is how much of an overachiever he is, the kid has been ignored and dismissed though most of his life, never getting scholarships from big programs, not being drafted, being waived twice…

    Tebow was one of the most coveted recruits going into college and was probably one of the 5 most succesful college football players EVER…

    I can see the comparison, with both being highly religious, humble guys who’ll receive a lot of scrutiny, but I don’t think it makes much sense.

  18. ephus

    MDA put his finger on Lin’s greatest attribute — he attacks the double team. ____, Bibby and Shump-Shump largely do not try to turn the corner on the pick and roll, but rather move east-west and draw the double team. It was very predictable that the roll guy would move to the dotted circle, and teams were rotating weakside baseline help to cover that man. The Knicks were not reversing the ball quickly enough to take advantage of the 4-3 on the weakside. When Lin works the pick and roll, he makes the help defender move his feet towards the basket, which often draws the weakside baseline defender to help. This frees both the roll man and the weakside baseline Knick for short jumpers or lay-ups.

  19. Jim Cavan

    Guys, let’s cut out the personal attacks on the authors. If you don’t like a particular piece, email one of us directly about it and state your case. But don’t drag a guy who took his own time to compile content (and who obviously got the green light) through public mud.

  20. Zach Horst Post author

    Thanks, cock jowles, for the insults. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to criticize me. It’s a simple article on basketball meant to raise a few points – not a literary masterpiece. Just trying to throw my 2 cents in here and there.

  21. Zach Horst Post author

    ephus:
    MDA put his finger on Lin’s greatest attribute — he attacks the double team.____, Bibby and Shump-Shump largely do not try to turn the corner on the pick and roll, but rather move east-west and draw the double team.It was very predictable that the roll guy would move to the dotted circle, and teams were rotating weakside baseline help to cover that man.The Knicks were not reversing the ball quickly enough to take advantage of the 4-3 on the weakside.When Lin works the pick and roll, he makes the help defender move his feet towards the basket, which often draws the weakside baseline defender to help.This frees both the roll man and the weakside baseline Knick for short jumpers or lay-ups.

    Great point, ephus. He really can bust through double-teams. If he can’t, he finds the seam to the open player.

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