For those that don’t care for former Knicks, we have a diversion. Check out this video on what the prequel to Star Wars should have been. It’s about 10 minutes long and doesn’t mention Jeremy Lin. Oh damn I brought up his name in the intro.
1. Jeremy Lin 65 games played and 15 PER
To be over, Lin will have to both be healthy and remain an above league average point guard. I find it hard to think that Jeremy will be under a 15 PER, but not impossible. If you entirely discount 2012 as a fluke, his 2011 PER in Golden State was 14.8. Houston does a strange thing to some players. Remember Trevor Ariza’s year there? Will they expect Lin to take on a greater role in the offense than he did in New York? How will Lin fit in with Martin and Lamb? Will he worry about Toney Douglas taking over his starting job and strangling the last remnants of Linsanity?
As for his injury, players get hurt all the time. But some here have wondered if Lin’s poor preseason performance is due to his injury never properly healing. Taking the over means you think all of the above is nonsense. Of the two, I’m more sure of the 15 PER than the 65 games.
Tyler Murray says:
I’d be surprised if he’s able to put up “Linsane” numbers in Houston. Too much scouting, not enough Novak.
2. Josh Harrellson 15 N.B.A. games played
If people thought that Lin was the soup du jour, then they must see Harrellson as amuse-bouche. Jorts played in about half the minutes as Lin, but statistically he held his own. He was very active on the offensive glass (3.1 oreb/36) and could hit the open three (33.9%). That’s decent production from a minimum-wage big man.
Oh, where did I get 15 games played? Eddy Curry played in 14 last year for Miami. So the over means that Jorts is at least as worthy to an NBA team as Eddy Curry.
3. Landry Fields 54% ts%
So which Landry Fields will we see? The rookie that had a nearly 60% ts%, or the sophomore that would inexplicably and maddeningly miss all 6 free throws in a single game. We all have zero faith in last year being the fluke.
It probably also means that we disagree with the notion that Carmelo somehow is the cause of Fields’ demise. See we don’t demonize and blame Carmelo Anthony for everything that’s wrong in New York. Just when Con-Ed has to rip up the street at 5am, waking up the whole house, and provoking my wife to ask why the hell I haven’t put up those damn shelves yet. I DON’T HAVE TIME, I HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT THE KNICKS TO STRANGERS ON THE INTERNET! That– that is Carmelo’s fault.
4. Number of Teams that hire D’Antoni before the 2014 season starts: .5
How cool would it be to have D’Antoni in the league again? You know where I’d like to see him? With the Nets.
That’s right. Oh they have a coach? Hahaha good one. Oh you meant it. Avery Johnson’s first full season was pretty good as the Mavs went to the Western Conference champs. But since then? 67 wins and a first round exit, followed by 51 wins and another first round exit. Then two god awful seasons in New Jersey.
Maybe the lil’General pulls it together in Brooklyn. But from my perspective he’s underperformed since then. I’d bet against Johnson given the facts at hand.
As for Il Baffi, tell me if this team sounds familiar: All Star point guard, good defensive and rebounding small forward, center that scores efficiently from inside and can’t rebound, and Joe Johnson. Is that the 2005 Suns or the 2013 Nets? Either way, it sounds like a 60-win D’Antoni team to me.
In the five drafts from 2000-2004, Tony Parker, Gilbert Arenas, Mo Williams, Devin Harris and Jameer Nelson were the only point guards to be drafted who have gone on to make an All-Star Game.
Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Mike Conley, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday and Ty Lawson were all drafted in the five drafts that followed. Notice a difference in talent compared to the first group?
The point is, while many cite D’Antoni’s success as being due to rule changes about how one can defend a driving player, sometimes the meta-game has a larger effect on how teams play than the actual rules of the gamef. D’Antoni’s system plays perfectly with the incredible pool of talent that is currently available at the point guard slot as well as the dearth of true centers.
That means that however you feel about D’Antoni’s ability to manage stars, as the coach of probably the most successful small-ball team in the history of the modern NBA, he will find a new home as soon as he desires one.
Which Question Did The KnickerBloggers Get Wrong?
- Lin will either be injured or below average. (28%, 42 Votes)
- Toronto will straighten out Landry Fields. (22%, 33 Votes)
- Coach Pringles will be back on the sidelines in a year. (21%, 32 Votes)
- Jorts will stick around for 15 games. (17%, 25 Votes)
- I like this guy's version of Episode 1. (13%, 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 151