Point guard Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks has played in 12 games this season and only started two but he is turning heads with his surprising play.
Over his last three games, Lin is averaging 25.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 8.3 assists while shooting 58.6 percent from the field in 39.0 minutes per game. The Knicks have won all three of those games after losing 11 out of 13 before that.
Lin is not only a breath of fresh air he is the reason why the New York looks like they could be a contender again. Just imagine once Carmelo Anthony is healthy and Amar’e Stoudemire is back playing, the Knicks could do some serious damage in the Eastern Conference. Now imagine if you were a general manager who had Lin on your team in late December before the start of the season but decided to cut him for another player. Well, that is exactly what Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey did.
“We should have kept (Jeremy Lin). Did not know he was this good,” Morey admitted on Twitter earlier today. “Anyone who says they knew misleading U.”
Morey released Lin so the Rockets could sign Samuel Dalembert. In Houston’s defense, Dalembert is a nine-year veteran with plenty of playing experience. Unfortunately for the Rockets, Lin is proving to be the more valuable player as of right now.
If you think the Knicks are geniuses for picking up Lin off of waivers thing again. The only reason New York signed him was because they needed another point guard after rookie Iman Shumpert injured his knee during the first game of the season against the Boston Celtics. Lin barely stayed on the team and was sent down to the Knicks D-League affiliate for six days before being called back up after starting point guard Toney Douglas struggled.
Lin played great against the New Jersey Nets scoring 25 points in 36 minutes. For his good play the Knicks named him the starter for the next game against the Utah Jazz and he did not disappoint. He scored 28 points and had eight assists in 45 minutes in his first career start. Lin is the first player since 2003 to score at least 20 points and have at least eight assists in his first start. The last person to do it was LeBron James.
The Knicks and Lin will have a good test Friday night as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Gardens.