The question surrounding the 2011-12 New York Knicks has stayed the same all season long: Who can play the point effectively in a system based primarily off ball movement, at least until the return of Baron Davis?
Well, the answer may have been right in front of our eyes all year.
Jeremy Lin, an undrafted point guard from Harvard, has been playing like the ideal point guard for a Mike D’antoni offense; Lin scored a total of 53 points in his first two games while dishing out a solid 15 assists.
Wednesday night was no different for the Harvard graduate. Lin scored 23 points in 36 minutes, while adding a season high 10 assists.
Keep in mind, this is a guy who played for more than 10 minutes in a game just once prior to Saturday night’s game against the Nets.
Lin is doing everything that one could hope for out of a point guard in this offense. Ball movement has been excellent, and the results are showing; team shooting statistics are up, and they have averaged over 100 points in the three games that Lin has played significant minutes in.
Am I completely sold on Jeremy Lin as the point guard of the future for the New York Knicks? No, absolutely not. But, if he can continue playing anywhere near this level, he certainly could be.
The Knicks have been without both Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire these past two games, and won both of them—on the road, might I add—by double digits.
Sure, it’s not all Jeremy Lin, as the team has been playing well as a whole. With that being said, though, it is no secret that he is making a big difference for this team. They have looked lost all year due to the lack of a true point guard, and Lin has brought just that so far.
We will just have to wait and see if Jeremy can continue playing at this high level, as it will only get more difficult for him from here on out.
But is it possible that he is the solution? Well, maybe not the solution, but definitely that missing piece that the Knicks have been looking for.
Just imagine how good this team can be if he continues to play at this high level when Carmelo recovers and Amar’e returns: Jeremy Lin running the point, a very solid Landry Fields at the two guard, Carmelo and Amar’e at the forwards, and one of the best defensive and rebounding centers in basketball in Tyson Chandler at the five.
Could the Knicks be saved by an undrafted point guard out of Harvard? It sounds absurd, but maybe, just maybe.
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Written by Michael Burke
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