Many critics on the blogosphere are quick to come out in an attempt to put down Jeremy Lin’s success, as he has led this Knicks team to 7 straight wins, since he was given the starting job by Mike D’Antoni. Let’s address some of the criticisms circling Lin, shall we?
Criticism #1: “The sample size to evaluate Lin’s talent is too miniscule.”
Really Mr. Critic? Miniscule? A 7 game stretch of production is miniscule? The hype surrounding Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole after his 20-point outing against Boston was miniscule and overhyped, but not Lin, and I’ll tell you why. Lin has consistently been getting his teammates involved, such as Landry Fields and Jared Jeffries, and has been giving them easy looks to put in the hole, CONSISTENTLY. One game may be a fluke, two is an eye opener, three games and you start opening your eyes, but 7? That’s no coincidence my dear sir.
Criticism #2: “Lin may rack up a large amount of assists, but he turns the ball over way too much for a PG”.
Jeremy Lin is getting his first dose of consistent minutes in the NBA, and is still not accustomed to being the source of production on a team. In time, Lin can only get better with taking care of the ball, as he’ll get more acclimated to starter’s minutes. He’s only played 7 real games. Now if he was somebody like Russell Westbrook, who is a career 4 turnover per game PG, then we’d have a problem, I trust Lin and his Harvard IQ
Criticism #3: “When Carmelo Anthony returns, he’ll create havoc for the offense and slow down Lin’s production”
*Sigh* Is this Skip Bayless? Anyway, Carmelo Anthony will not slow down this offense or Jeremy Lin, and I’ll explain why. Anthony is surely taking notes while sitting on the bench in his expensive suit and bow tie on how ball movement can electrify the fans, pump up the team, and most importantly: generate wins. Anthony surely isn’t sitting on the bench itching to get back on the court so that he can hold up the offense once again. Carmelo is a human being like all of us, he just wants to be loved and adored, and what better way to do that than by producing results? Surely, Lin’s PPG will decline, since Anthony needs to take his shots, but his assists should increase with arguably the most well-rounded scorer in the league on sharing the court with him.
So, what do you think Knicks fans? What do you think about J-Lin’s success story? Post in the comments below.