Mar 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Lin: The Artist Formerly Known as “Linsanity”


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Linsanity. That seems like a long time ago…

To say Jeremy Lin has been in a rut lately is not a bold proclamation. After the last three games, I’ve wanted to say a whole hell of a lot worse, actually. Ever since Patrick Beverley went down and Lin moved back into the starting line-up, things have become really bad.

Like, Need For Speed bad.

In his first start since #Wolverine – thank God that nickname debate is over! – went down, Lin was an absolute train wreck against the Los Angeles Clippers: 32 mins, 1-of-9 shooting, 10 pts, 2 asts, 2 rbs and 3 to. Eight of his derisory ten points came from the charity stripe.

F’n A, Cotton! What happened to that Linsanity magic?

Seriously, go look at some of those games in that time-span. I’ll wait. In the middle of that streak against Dallas, Lin had 28 pts, 14 asts, 5 stls on 50% shooting from 2 AND 3-pt range. WTF, Jeremy? You’re a shell of your former self. You’re like the Tim Tebow of basketball! All the media. All the hype. None of the skills. That’s it; from now – on my columns – you’re gonna be known as, The Artist Formerly Known As Linsanity.

Or, TAFKAL, for short.

TAFKAL plays PG with the best shooting guard and the best center in the league, but is only 39th in the entire NBA in assists with 4.2 per game; tied squarely with the immortal Josh McRoberts, who also happens to be a power forward. Since TAFKAL is a back-up, I figured his Assists per 48 minutes (AP48M) would be much more in-line with his position’s normal production…

Nope! TAFKAL actually falls down a couple of spots to 45th in the league with 7.0 AP48M.

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Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Well, if he’s not a distributor then maybe TAFKAL‘s adding something with his scoring. After all, the Rockets run-and-gun style pushes up James Harden and Chandler Parson’s numbers, allegedly. But after looking at the ranks, TAFKAL‘s 12.5 PPG average comes in at 90th place… 90th!!!!

Let that number sink in for a second, because his point per 48 minutes (PP48M) is even worse. TAFKAL tumbles out of the Top 100 rankings, in that metric, into a three-way tie with (surprisingly) Chandler Parsons and “Mystery Player A” at 102. Let’s compare TAFKAL and “Mystery Player A” over the last 10 games (because this sample size is important) and review their overall P.E.R. this season:

M. P. A.: 28.4 MPG, 12.8 PPG, 5.9 APG, 2.3 RPG, .442 FG%, .400 3P%, PER (this season) – 13.5

TAFKAL:  28.6 MPG, 13.3 PPG, 4.7 APG, 2.9 RPB, .423 FG%, .406 3P%, PER (this season) – 14.2

“Mystery Player A” makes about $884k this year. TAFKAL makes $8MM. Is there even a question anymore on why Daryl Morey was trying to move TAFKAL at the trade deadline, but couldn’t find any takers? If you cheated and looked up the stats, you would know “Mystery Player A” is Aaron Brooks. As in, former Houston Rocket Aaron Brooks… As in, the Aaron Brooks! As in, OUR Aaron Brooks!!!

Damnit, TAFKAL.

The bottom line is Linsanity is gone. And it’s not coming back again. It was clearly a statistical outlier and if you ever want to see it again, you’re probably gonna have to go buy the 30-for-30 documentary.  I want to be pissed. Really, I do. We let Goran Dragic leave and Kyle Lowry isn’t walking through that door. The Rockets are basically paying Jeremy Lin what Chandler Parson’s contract should be, and vice-versa.

But when I was looking up all these stats on ESPN.com and NBA.com, the answer was right in front of my face. Look at these numbers:

’13-’14 Season: 29.0 MPG, 12.5 PPG, 4.2 APG, 2.6 RPG, .444 FG%, .342 3P%, .815 FT%, 2.5 TOPG

Career Average: 27.2 MPG, 11.8 PPG, 4.9 APG, 2.7 RPG, .441 FG%, .336 3P%, .798 FT%, 2.6 TOPG

Shocking! At this point, it is what it is (copyright: Tracy McGrady) with TAFKAL. All he’s been doing is regressing to the mean this season. So don’t be mad at him, because it’s not his fault he’s over-paid. All we can do now as Rockets fans is hope Pat Beverley comes back in time for the playoffs. Or that Isaiah Canaan runs over Tony Parker, Chris Paul and Russell Westrook in a freak traffic accident. Or hope that Linsanity has one more anomaly still left in him. But I don’t see that happening. Therefore, we need to change our expectations. What we have left is a solid, if not terribly average, back-up point guard. A $15MM bill made out to Les Alexander for next season and The Artist Formerly Known As Linsanity.

Or, TAFKAL, if you ask me.

 

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  • B P

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…… whatever, if you watched the clippers game, he didn’t even play point. Give him real minutes (not yoyo either) at the point and watch what happens. I certainly hope you’re more informed for your day job.

    • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

      I did give him more minutes. A(ssists)P48M and P(oints)P48M. Both numbers showed his ranking drop on the season compared to his regular numbers. You don’t want to quantify his P48M for the Clippers game. How do you explain this seasons numbers looking just like his career numbers?

      • John Smith

        1st: Lin for some reason was sent to the bench before the season even started
        2nd: both when Lin plays bad AND well, he gets pulled out and sent to the bench
        3rd: Lin saw his minutes reduced for no apparent reason after the all-star game
        4th: Lin has seen his role diminished even more than last season for whaever reason

        I actually think considering all these unjust factors, Lin’s putting up pretty good stats.

        Oh, and please, go educate yourself in the game of basketball. Your piece here is a textbook example of failed journalism.

  • doe

    Finally the unbiased, lin fanatic, truth. Average pg at best. Rockets gm kicking the hell out of himself for that one. Good thing we got CP on the low.

    • John Smith

      I wouldnt be surprised if you think Canaan is better than Lin huh? Idiot.

  • TTNN

    “TAFKAL tumbles out of the Top 100 rankings, in that metric, into a three-way tie with (surprisingly) Chandler Parsons and “Mystery Player A” at 102″.

    Wow, this is surprise, I thought Chandler Parsons is one of the “big 3″ on team, and did not realized that he was actually tie with Jeremy “should not stay at Rocket” Lin.

    And so happy for “Mystery Player A”, totally different stats compare to when he was here in Houston, that really tells how important opportunity and environment is to a player.

    “Lin was an absolute train wreck against the Los Angeles Clippers: 32
    mins, 1-of-9 shooting, 10 pts, 2 asts, 2 rbs and 3 to. Eight of his
    derisory ten points came from the charity stripe.”

    Yeah, that reminds me a “train wreck” performance of James Harden when he went 2-of-9, 27 points, and 22 points came from the charity stripe. I guess when the train wreck harder, it will be called “find other ways to help the team.” Of course that would only apply to players who’s last name is not Lin.

    • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

      A 10-point game reminds you of a 27-point game? That’s odd. If it was so easy to shoot 22 FTs why hasn’t Jeremy Lin done it at any point this season? Do you think Jeremy Lin is better than James Harden or Chandler Parsons?

      • John Smith

        Poor Lin… in a game where everybody shot horribly, a no-name journalist wannabe desperately targets Lin and only Lin.

        Should talk about the Raptors game though, he almost single handedly won the Rockets that game. Oh, what about the game against the Bulls where he was the only one who played well, but somehow played fewer mins than most of the team?

  • Tom Gardner

    Patrick Lowe…you are a total idiot. Lin is not the point guard on this team. Hardin is.

    • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

      That’s weird. Because ESPN and NBA.com agree with me. He’s def a PG. Even if Harden does handle the ball a lot.

      • Tom Gardner

        Have you ever watched the Houston Rockets actually play a game? And my mommy agrees with me.

        • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

          I’m literally watching the game right now. My article never says Hardin doesn’t handle the ball. It says Lin is not good at passing the ball or scoring the ball on a league-wide basis. Harden is better at scoring the ball than he is at passing. He is a shooting guard. Lin is a PG. This is un-disputable.

          • John Smith

            Yeah but, the dude who decides the plays, Kevin McHale, somehow doesn’t like an educated Asian kid to shine in the NBA so his plays are all run thru Harden. If you have seen games where Harden didnt play, you’d know that Lin doesnt have the freedom to do what he wants, therefore Lin really doesnt play like a PG on the dysfunctional team. But you know what’s really UN-disputable? You’re an idiot and shouldn’t be allowed to write about something that you lack knowledge of.

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            Kevin McHale AND I, for that matter, like James Harden more than Jeremy Lin. If that makes us idiots, than so be it. Lin can run the second team offense and doesn’t do a very good job at it. This is a 55+ win team for all its “dsyfunctionality.”

          • John Smith

            Oh yeah, you and Kevin McHale are both idiots that’s for sure. Harden gets all the credit when his hero ball wins games but rarely gets the blame for single handedly losing games either.

            “Lin can run the second team offense and doesn’t do a very good job at it” yeah, Lin’s so bad at what he does, that’s why all these previously no-name teammates have been getting their stats inflated. And yes, Lin gets no credit for their 55+ wins.

            Lin critics have low IQs, I’m starting to think this is a plausible argument.

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            If we’re all so dumb, why does Daryl Morey want to ship him out of town so bad? Why doesn’t he ask McHale to play him more? Why did he find Beverley late last season? It’s simple. Because Morey knows Hardin and Beverley are better.

          • John Smith

            lol god knows what Daryl Morey’s style is when it comes to influencing a coach. I know some GMs micro-manage their coaching staff, do you know if Daryl Morey does?

            Daryl Morey’s known to be active at player trades. It shouldnt be a surprise that he’s constantly looking to upgrade the roster. Heck, rumor had it that he was looking to shop Rondo for Lin, that doesnt mean Lin is an awful player at all.

            “Because Morey knows Hardin and Beverley are better” for a journalist, you’re pretty bad at making an argument… lol sure, two players are better than one, I guess. Lin haters are too funny.

          • Kwok Wai Lai

            You should ask Morey, McHale? They have hidden agenda. Lin is a better player than last year. He’s removed from the starting lineup for no reason. Morey let Lowry and Dragic go? Does it mean Gorgan and Dragic are less a player? You are so uneducated and your logic fails.

            Your blind worship of Morey and McHale drive you to a wrong conclusion. You mixed up the consequences and the causes. What you’ve mentioned are consequences of poor coaching and poor management. With the talent in this team, this team under-achieves. If Morey and McHale is so right, Dragic and Lowry would have been still a Rocket.

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            Please tell me more about Morey and McHale’s “hidden agenda.”

          • Kwok Wai Lai

            Have you eve seen a PG playing without the ball? The only thing indisputable is your knowledge of basketball being naive.

      • Jcool

        Harden plays more like a PG than SG tho. If you watch some games.

        • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

          If Lin were better at being a PG. Hardin wouldn’t have to handle the ball so much.

          • John Smith

            First you conceded that Harden is indeed the PG, not Lin, and then you argued that Harden is the better ball handler… do you have a screw missing? Harden is one of the leaders in TOs.

            McHale is an incompetent coach and runs almost all of his ways thru Harden playing iso. I really hope you have indeed watched the games, cuz there’s no point watching it if you’re mentally infirm.

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            I never, ever said Harden is a PG. He’s the best SHOOTING GUARD in the league. Just bc you handle the ball, doesn’t make you a PG. And Harden might be ahead of Jeremy Lin in TOs, but its BECAUSE he handles the ball so much more. ASTP48M – Hardin has 4.7. Lin has 4.1!!! Only one of those is an MVP candidate. Stop arguing who has the ball more. And start coming up with some stats that say TAFKAL is an even decent PG.

          • John Smith

            Lin’s overall stats is decent, I don’t need to pull them from nba.com for you here. But, like the box scores, the stats don’t tell the whole story. Qualitative observations from watch the games should also be considered here: Lin would push the ball to half court and only to hand it to Harden, then Lin goes to the corner to spread out space. If you indeed watch the games as you claim, you should know this.

          • Kwok Wai Lai

            By definition, a point guard handles the ball, distribute and help teammates into their games. Go and see Chris Paul, the best point guard in this league, play. Does he ever look like Harden in any way? Point guards make plays. Lin was demoted to the corner waiting for leftover from Harden, or last second shots to bail the beard out.

            You’re so naive in your knowledge of basketball. You’re not qualified as a sport writer in any way.

          • Tom Gardner

            See my post.

      • Kwok Wai Lai

        In name or in fact. What’s more important on the court? You seems so stubborn that you insists that writing counts more than playing. That’s why you’re writing nonsense.

    • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

      Please show me ONE site that has Harden listed as a PG.

      • John Smith

        If you really have watched every single game, you’d know Harden has the ball and runs the plays most of the time. If you really have watched the games and aren’t thick, that is.

        • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

          That doesn’t mean he’s the PG. Kobe and DFisher. LeBron and Chamlers. Wade and Chamlers. George and Hill. Melo and Felton. Just bc someone handles the ball, doesn’t make them a PG.

          • John Smith

            You sound like you have a screw missing — Lin’s the PG only on paper, Harden controls the ball and does whatever he wants, this and the fact that almost all plays go thru Harden, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the stats are the way they are for these two players at this point of the season.

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            If Jeremy Lin were so great, because he HAS to have the ball in his hands. When he runs the second team offense, shouldn’t he be a Sixth Man of The Year candidate?

          • John Smith

            Do yo not read what your peers write? Lin had been mentioned being the sixth man award earlier this season until his injury.

            Like I said, watch the games, you will see that Lin gets yanked out of the court when he does well. I don’t think any player could excel being treated like that by his coach.

          • http://www.smallbusinessloansdepot.com/category/bank-statement-loan/ Tim Taylor

            he gets yanked after he’s played a whole 3rd quarter and has to get rest for the 4th quarter for the most part he starts playing better. why would mchale have something against him especially with no backup? not saying lin isn’t a good player just needs to be more consistent especially with starters out.

          • http://www.smallbusinessloansdepot.com/category/bank-statement-loan/ Tim Taylor

            i give up. trying to be rational with someone who wants me to say lin is the best thing going on the rockets now. ok i’ll say it. if that makes you happy. all i say is he’ll get his chance in the playoffs. i hope he succeeds if not the rox are gone in the 1st round. its not about lin its about the team

          • http://www.smallbusinessloansdepot.com/category/bank-statement-loan/ Tim Taylor

            i like lins game when he is on when he isn’t it is frustrating to watch. right now mchale isn’t holding lin or anyone back especially when he has 2 or 3 starters out and casspi playing like crap so we have no bench.
            he’s missing layups and open 3′s that he was making earlier on. don’t know if he’s tired or what but i know he can play better than the numbers show. he got 38 minutes last night and scored under 10 points. if harden didn’t step we lose.
            patrick don’t try to convince anyone who is fanatic about lin. i followed him to the rockets from the knicks because i love his story but i’m not blinded when he isn’t playing up to what the expectations are especially when the starting point guard is out.

            all we’re saying is make timely shots, don’t jump in the air and pass to opponents during critical times in the game and don’t miss point blank layups. understanding 3pt shots come and go. as long as lin attacks and doesn’t played scared and stops deferring to harden he can get back to something close to linsanity.

          • Tom Gardner

            He can’t be Sixth Man of the Year because he has (and will have) starts in more than half his games. I would advise your clients….find a new broker.

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            He’s started 29 of 65 games. And I know that’s less than 50%. I think my clients will be just fine.

          • Tom Gardner

            Yes, of course, but with 17 games to go he will have started 46 out of 82. That is 56%, which is more than 50%, just in case you needed me to do the math. I shudder at the reports you generate for your broker clients, because math is clearly not your strong suit.

            In what way do you think you resembled Reggie Bush in college?

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            There’s SEVEN games left. 29 GS plus the seven remaining games equals 36. Out of 82. Or 43.9%. Haha. I think you’re my favorite person. Where can I follow you on Twitter?

          • Tom Gardner

            Ha, you are absolutely right! It’s me that can’t get the math right on the Sixth Man thing! You win that one. Here’s MY blog: http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com (please overlook the irony of that name given the “games started” math!). Mostly politics and some baseball. :)

          • John Marshall

            I’m sure I won’t hire you as a broker! YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE COMMON SENSE!!!

      • John Marshall

        Do you label a player as a PG without watching the games?
        You only read the stats? Then you have no business degrading him.
        Harden & Parson shines tonight. Asik and Lin did tremendous defense to win the game.
        It’s a team work and team win!!!
        OMG! Do you know basketball?

        Rockets has a LOT OF PG! HARDER, PARSON……
        I don’t agree with those Lin lovers, he is not a superstar but he is a star.
        Have you watched their games? He was an X factor helping the Rockets win many times.

  • Jcool

    Jeremy Lin has great potential in other teams IMHO.

    • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

      True Story: As I was reading this, Lin missed a point blank lay-up on a fast break in the 4th qtr of tonight’s game. But that doesn’t make him a bad player. His career stats do.

  • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

    TAFKAL stat-line tonight: 8 pts, 3 rb, 3 ast on 27% shooting. Just throwing that out there.

    • John Smith

      Did you watch the game against the Raptors? Harden ball hogged the team to a near 20 pt deficit. Lin came back on and almost single handedly erased the deficit. Harden came back on down by 4, and ruined the potential comeback.

      Just throwing that out there.

    • John Smith

      btw, you try too hard with this lame “tafkal” thing. you desperately dream that it becomes a trend. It will never make it.

  • swagcity hooptown

    A well written articles does not need to have the author keep coming back in the forum to defend himself. Next time just write a better story and don’t quit your day job.

    • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

      Did you ever consider that I like mixing it up with readers? If they take the time to read it, I should have to time to talk about it with them.

      • John Smith

        Except you aren’t doing a good job at defending your argument lol

      • swagcity hooptown

        Yeah 95% of them don’t agree with you. Please read your replies, you sound like a kid who didn’t get his way and is whining.

        • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

          Sorry I don’t cater to Jeremy Lin fan boys. I don’t know how y’all do it in “swagcity” but I here I encourage debates w readers regardless of how much they disagree.

          • swagcity hooptown

            Here you go again.

  • http://www.smallbusinessloansdepot.com/category/bank-statement-loan/ Tim Taylor

    Patrick totally agree with you. i really want lin to succeed but i don’t know if he has some sort of bipolar or personality disorder where he has multiple personalities because it’s like of the personalities can really ball then the other who really doesn’t know how to play shows up and you see the results. i’ve heard teammates say when he gets a whole different look it’s like he is a different person.
    also it seems subconsciously he is sabotaging things so he doesn’t experience linsanity. i want to root for him but it’s soooo frustrating and to be honest lately i’m totally uncomfortable when he has the ball not knowing if he’s going to do something unstable or miss a timely 3pt shot or gimme layup.

    • John Smith

      “also it seems subconsciously he is sabotaging things so he doesn’t experience linsanity.”

      That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The only person who’s sabotaging Lin is McHale, who for whatever reason doesn’t want Lin to shine.

    • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

      I’m not sure it’s a “basketball bi-polar disorder,” but he certainly does have some sort of mental block, Tim. I completely agree with you. He looks so unsure about himself on the court this year. I think it’s really shown in his ability to finish at the rim.

  • John Smith

    lol how do you identify bad journalism? when the dude uses excessive exclamation marks and italicized font to emphasize a point.

    This article is a whole lot of name-calling and very little substance anyway.

    • swagcity hooptown

      More of a commentary than article, just one person’s opinion that 95% of readers disagree or else he wouldn’t be back in trying to defend him self.

      • Kwok Wai Lai

        The more he defended himself, the worst is he exposed about his knowledge of the game. How could anyone with so little knowledge about the game be able to publish an article like this here. It’s an insult to all sport writers; a disgrace to the profession.

        Clearly, you’re no more than an amateur writer but still you know so little about the game of basketball that you’ve outdone yourself. You’re so unbearable.

  • Northerner

    Rockets forums are obsessed with Lin. Sports writers covering the team focus on Lin too. You people realize there are other players, right?

    • swagcity hooptown

      Writers who are desperate for clicks or views will always try to write story about Lin.

      • Northerner

        People have been writing “Linsanity is dead” articles over the last year and a half. Obviously some sort of doubt exists. Bottom line: Lin hasn’t reached his peak yet. There hasn’t been a plateau where he’s leveled off, and the inconsistency in his game supports that notion. There are flashes of brilliance and flashes of mediocrity. His days with the Knicks under D’antoni produced the perfect storm to surprise the rest of the league. He’s only 25 and been a starter for two seasons. Everyone needs to stop knee jerking.

        • swagcity hooptown

          Agreed.

  • Tom Gardner

    “My article…says Lin is not good at passing the ball or scoring the ball on a league-wide basis.” That is what you said in your article. Let me refute.

    There are 35 point guards in the NBA who have played more than 24 minutes per game. Lin is shooting 44.1%, which is 12th among them. So he is certainly an above average shooter…he’s in the top third. He has a higher shooting percentage than John Wall, Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving, among many others.

    He is also an above average scorer. He takes few shots…at 0.32 shots per minute, he is only 26th out of the 35. But he scores a great deal…he scores 1.33 points per shot taken, which is 6th among the 35.

    As for passing…it is certainly more difficult to evaluate this statistically since most of those 35 point guards are indeed the dominant ball handler, which Lin is surely not. He averages 6.9 assists per 48 minutes, which is 29th among them. About the only comparative point to make is that Patrick Beverly, at 4.1 assists per 48 minutes, is dead last among the 35 guards. The point is not that Beverly is bad, but that both he and Lin do not have enough touches to rank among the leaders, given how Harden dominates the ball-handling.

    The only time in his career that Lin was truly a point guard were the 25 games he started for the Knicks. In those 25 games he averaged 10.9 assists per 48 minutes. That average would be 7th in the league today.

    Final point…this season Harden has sat out 6 games and Lin started. In those 6 games, Lin averaged 20.5 points per game, and the Rockets won 4 out of 6, including wins over Dallas, San Antonio and Memphis.

    • Todd DelGiudice

      Booyah – great post!

      • Tom Gardner

        Thanks. Let’s see how he replies. If he dares.

        • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

          Being the 13th best PG efficiency-wise on FG% does not justify his contract. And its not surprising you, accidentally, left out 3pt%. Where he’s the 35th least efficient point guard in the league from downtown. Which is big, considering the Rockets shoot the most three’s in the league. His TS% is 119th in the league. But I guess you don’t want bring that up. Thanks for admitting he isn’t good at passing. Bottom line is he’s a decent player, but he’s nothing special.

          • Tom Gardner

            The contract for Lin was crazy in the context of following it up by trading for Harden, which immediately diminished Lin’s role, which I’m sure even you can see. I’m the first to admit Harden is the better player. But it would be akin to the Yankees signing a hot young shortstop next year to replace Derek Jeter, and then immediately signing Hanley Ramirez.

            I agree that Lin is a serviceable three-point shooter at best, which was not his game in Linsanity, but it is the game the Rockets want from him at this juncture. He is a slashing driver and disher, and he made the Knicks a winner that way with Tyson Chandler setting picks and Steve Novak draining the easy three’s that Lin opened up for him.

            It is commonplace to refer to a prospect’s “ceiling.” Lin’s ceiling is obviously defined by the Linsanity era as a Knick as well as the games with Houston when Harden’s is out and he gets to run the show. That would seem to indicate that even with middlish talent around him, one could legitimately expect 20 ppg, 8 assists per game, and a strong winning record. That he is only showing that in Houston sporadically (essentially when Harden is hurt) speaks more to his odd role, unsuited to him, and the fact that the system does not feature him, than to his talent level.

            That said, he is a fine player and has contributed strongly to the Rockets’ success this year. And given his ceiling, he still has the potential to achieve All-Star levels in a system designed to his strengths. After next season, he will become a free agent and, at 27, entering his prime. Some team will surely take a chance to sign him to a reasonable contract and give him the ball as a true starting point guard. He would be an upgrade today, without question, over 10 starting point guards in the league, and his ceiling would suggest that he has the potential to become one of the top 10 in a point-guard rich league.

            Even though I have relied on his stats to demonstrate that he has been a fine player this year and a key part of their rotation, his stats this year also reflect the impact of this role. He is simply unable to prove to anyone whether his Linsanity days were a fluke or not, given Harden’s presence. His stats when Harden is out are excellent and quite revealing, and of course even are generated in spurts, and likely not indicative of what he could do if he knew he had the ball every night.

            To conclude NOW that Linsanity was a fluke is insanity of another kind. Your kind. I believe it is obvious that the jury is still out and neither you nor I can possibly know the conclusion yet, and won’t next year either. I do know this though…some team will take a shot at it in 2016-17 and we’ll see what Jeremy Lin truly has to offer. Having seen it for real over 25 amazing games for the Knicks — not a short stretch — I’m a believer.

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            I understand what you’re saying. And I appreciate your well thought-out response. And the only thing I can say back is, “we’ll see.” I think he’s getting traded next season. Let me show you two more stat-lines though:
            Lin w/ the Knicks: 26.9 mpg, 14.6 ppg, 6.2 asts, 3.1 rbs, 45/32/80 % splits, 3.6 TOs
            Lin last year w Rox: 32.2mpg, 13.4 ppg, 6.1 asts, 3.0 rbs, 44/34/79 % splits, 2.9 TOs
            Lin this year w Rox: 29.2 mpg, 12.4 ppg, 4.2 asts, 2.6 rbs, 44/34/82 % splits, 2.5 TOs
            From Linsanity, his minutes are up. His points are down. His rebounds and assists are down. His TOs are down, but so is his usage rating. D’Antoni runs a system that pumps up PGs stats. New York media pumps up stories. We’ll see if he ends up in L.A.

          • Tom Gardner

            Yes, we’ll see. But remember, of course his stats are down. He’s playing next to James Harden. Before Melo returned, he had free reign in New York. This was one story the New York media did not invent or enhance. The Knicks were 7-15 when Linsanity started. Carmelo had just been injured. The 7-15 team with Carmelo won 7 in a row without him, with Lin starting at point guard. It was a sensation. Carmelo came back, Lin’s role was reduced and then he was injured. The team reverted. It was all real.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    It is pathetic to see someone who knows so little about basketball to write up an article like this and is published. It’s such a disgrace. To you, writing is simply a matter of copy and paste; which is an insult to the whole profession. You’re indeed a joke in sport writing.

  • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

    TAFKAL got dominated tonight by Aaron Brooks. If only someone had called this… Please tell me more about the 3rd Qtr of the Toronto game.

    • John Smith

      lol you’re just getting sad now. Your full time job is a stock broker, s-bag.

      • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

        Its Sunday. Is that your final rebuttal to me?

        • John Smith

          lol i just find it amusing that you live up to the stereotype of a stock broker: a douchebag, no more no less.

        • John Smith

          Hey everyone, this is Patrick Lowe’s definition of dominating:

          A. Brooks: 47 mins, 11/24 FG, -1, 15 assists, 7 TO, 3 BA, 24 pts
          J. Lin: 34 mins, 7/12 FG, +9, 5 assist, 3 TO, 0 BA, 19 pts

          Houston won.

          Be careful when you give this guy your money for investment.

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            Yes, dude. 24 pts, 15 asts and 8 rbs is better than TAFKAL’s 19/5/2. John, where can I follow you on Twitter at? Do you know what that is?

          • John Smith

            lmao Brooks played more mins and made more shot attempts. Didn’t I give you the stats? Did you read it?

            Brooks actually played the true pg whereas Harden dominated the ball for Houston, not Lin.

            Oh, no no, I dont know what Twitter is lmao… you’re the only one here who knows what twitter is lol

            Saw some of your pics on Twitter, you don’t look athletic at all lol

          • Disney

            lol and he must’ve forgotten that most of Brooks’ points were from Canaan. When Lin was sent back in the late of the 4th, Brooks had those TOs and his points were limited.

            Then again, it doesn’t matter if Brooks outscored Lin tonight, Lin was part of that epic comeback, not to mention that huge steal on Brooks in the last minute of regulation.

          • John Smith

            But seriously though, just a kind advice here: stick with your full-time job conning money out of the pockets of the naive ones… stop writing garbage on the internet cuz your potential clients might read what you have said here and realize how big of a d-bag you are. I’m being sincere here.

          • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

            Thanks for being “sincere.” If you wanna be real: stop commenting on msg boards under “john smith,” insulting writers who criticize Jeremy Lin (we can see where you comment) and let ppl know where they can follow you at. Because I’m 6’1, 215 and can beat you at any sport you wanna play, partner. Thanks for reading.

          • John Smith

            You could see my comments? want a cookie?

            I know you are probably desperate for view hits, but you haven’t exactly been reasonable when you replied to readers’ comments.

            6’1 and 215 lb – I’ve seen your Twitter pics, you arent that fit lol!

            Keep idolizing The Wolf of Wall Street the movie, you out-of-shape wannabe.

  • http://houseofhouston.com Patrick Lowe

    This is my last comment on the topic. Please see these advanced stats. Jeremy Lin isn’t even the best PG on his own team. Please note the below ranks are for PGs ONLY:

    ORPM:

    TAFKAL – 50th
    Wolverine – 10th

    DRPM:

    TAFKAL – 16th
    Wolverine – 6th

    RPM:

    TAFKAL – 29th
    Wolverine – 3rd

    WAR:

    TAFKAL – 24th
    Wolverine – 11th

    http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/rpm/_/sort/ORPM/position/1
    If you wanna see Lin put up big stats on a bad team, be patient. He’ll be traded soon enough and I’m sure that team won’t make the playoffs. But don’t tell me he’s playing up to his contract right now. If Beverley can succeed, he should be able too as well.

  • Mac Wolff

    Boy this comment section turned into a shit show quickly. My favorite part of reading Lin articles is watching the Lin fans call out the writer for click hunting, then they proceed to click on the page over and over again to leave comments, then get pissed that the writer is nice enough to engage in a dialogue. I say nice enough because we know arguing about Jeremy Lin is like trying to argue about religion. There is a certain population that are done considering other opinions and frankly y’all are exhausting.

    All opinions aside, it was an entertaining read Patrick.