I just came across this article, which shows Lin is among the NBA’s best drivers and wanted to share it with you.
The article discusses the following stats:
- Player PPG (points per game) on Drives
- FG% on Drives
- Team PPG on Drives
- Points via Passes on Drives
Here are some of the interesting bits on Lin from the article. Lin is ahead of James Harden on EVERY measure and often well ahead (James didn’t make the top ten list on a couple of these measures whereas Lin made the top ten in ALL of these measures). Lin is actually the ONLY player to make the top ten on ALL of the measures above. These stats do favor point guards, though, so it is actually impressive that Harden shows up on these lists. Come to think of it, though, McHale actually doesn’t use Lin as a point guard and uses Harden more as a point guard, so Lin’s stats are even that much more impressive. Imagine what Lin’s stats would be if McHale actually played Lin the right way? These advanced stats are why Morey actually said in an interview that Lin is actually better at getting to the rim than Harden.
- Player PPG on Drives: Lin is 7th on the list; Harden is ranked 8th
- FG% on Drives: Lin is 4th on the list; Harden is 10th
- Team PPG on Drives: Lin is 5th on the list; Harden didn’t make the list
- Points via Pass on Drives: Lin is 10th on the list; Harden didn’t make the list
Six of the top 10 players in points per game on drives are also in the top 10 in drives per game (Lawson, Ellis, Parker, Lin, Teague, and Irving are top 10 in both).
Parker, Lin, and Harden are the only three players in the top 10 in drives per game, points per game on drives, and field goal percentage on drives.
I’ll end with a quote from the article: “You may have noticed the only player to appear on all four lists above: Jeremy Lin. He’s helped by the fact that he’s currently sixth in the league in drives per game, and that Houston’s offense demands he drive to the basket a whole lot, but he’s obviously been incredibly productive when doing so. He’s improved his restricted area field goal percentage leaps and bounds since he broke out during the 2011-12 season. It stood at 48.7 percent that year, rose to 58.1 in his first season in Houston, and has skyrocketed to 76.6 percent this season. He obviously won’t keep up a LeBron-level conversion rate on close attempts, but his talent for getting to the basket, finishing there, and finding open teammates if he doesn’t have a good shot is for real.”