Not Really That Lincredible At All
Linsanity is over. The point guard sensation who came out of nowhere and took New York City by storm is not nearly as good as every Knick fan who punched a ticket to the NBA finals originally thought. The Knicks have gone 1-4 in the past 5 games, including losses to Dallas, San Antonio, Miami and Boston. Lin’s first week as a starter featured him in games against Toronto, New Jersey, Washington and Minnesota. Lin played great and it looked like the Knicks might have a chance to make some playoff noise. Now it is very clear that neither Lin or the Knicks can stand up to the elite teams in the NBA.
Lin is not a good outside shooter, he does not have the ability to use his left hand, he turns the ball over way too much and he can’t play defense to save his life. In the last 5 games, Lin is shooting .358 from the field and .267 from behind the arc. He’s averaging just over 6 assists and 3 turnovers a game, a 2:1 ratio which is border line terrible. He is still scoring the ball as a result of his knack of forcing up low percentage shots. However, the Knicks have enough scorers on the team and Lin and Anthony have showed no ability to play together as of yet.
I am rooting for Lin to do well as his underdog story is obviously easy to support. I am also a pretty big Carmelo Anthony fan and I really want to see the Knicks win. However, I also need to keep it real. I believe Lin can be a decent to good NBA player. I think he has the basketball IQ to play within the system and improve in some of his areas of weakness (ex. defense, ball security). However, after watching the Knicks play in the past couple weeks, I believe the team and Lin are extremely over-hyped. The Knicks are three games below .500. If New York really wants to get excited about a winning team, people need to start paying respect to the other professional club in MSG.
With all that said, if I was starting an NBA team today, Lin would not be in the top 15 PG’s I would choose to build my franchise around. Rondo, Parker and Deron have all outplayed him in recent games. As a role player, I still think Lin can succeed in the NBA, but if the Knicks are looking for a marquee PG, they need to turn their sites elsewhere (D-Williams would probably swim across the Hudson river to escape the Nets).