Disclaimer: The article and data gathered are based on a Chinese forum by poster 默默陌陌默默陌. According to him, these numbers are generated by official NBA records. Here is the English translation of that article.
Author: 默默陌陌默默陌. Interpreter: Chirico.
February 1st, 2015, New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 80-92. Lakers swallowed the bitter pill. Coach Scott again accused Lin’s poor performance. He also mentioned that it is unrealistic for Jeremy Lin to reach the performance of Linsanity level unlike a lot of fans looked forward to.
This is the third anniversary of the world’s madness sweeping day – Linsanity. Jeremy Lin, under the command of Scott, the Lakers coach, had not the slightest encouragement to his players, but as always, used Lin as his scapegoat and blamed him whenever he could. Yet, it was not finished, he began throwing out sarcastic comments about Lin’s fan base, his speech was simply indicating it was ridiculous for Jeremy Lin to play Linsanity-like. Lin’s fans are simply daydreaming. Scott said with certainty that Lin fans are not pragmatic, now let’s take a look at the reality of Lin’s performance this season, what is the truth behind all the smoke.
So far, Lin, since joining NBA, played a total of 264 games, including 163 starts, averaging 27 minutes played, averaging 43.9 percent shooting, averaging 34.6 percent three-point shooting, and averaging 79.6 percent free-throw percentage.
We searched all Point Guards in NBA history, namely: played less than 265 games, starting less than 164 games, averaging less than 28 minutes played, and averaged more than 43 percent shooting percentage, averaging three points more than 34%, averaging more than 79 percent free throw percentage.
Among all qualifying PGs, Lin’s stats:
• Ranked first in Assists, averaging 4.8
• Ranked first in Steals, averaging 1.3
• Ranked first in Rebounds, averaging 2.6
• Ranked first in Score, averaging 11.6 points
This data tells us that when comparing with other NBA PGs who had similar career situation with Jeremy Lin, no one performed better than Jeremy Lin in the above areas. Even if we expand the search to all players, not just limited to the Point Guard position, Jeremy still ranked first in scoring, assists, steals, etc.
Scott compared Jeremy Lin as of today vs Jeremy Lin when his was playing for Knicks, trying to create an illusion in which Jeremy Lin seems to turn into a worse player. In fact, Scott deliberately ignored a vital factor, coach played a significant role in influencing the usage of the players, aka usage rate. Let us compare the facts.
Knicks season: Averaged 26.9 minutes played, averaging 28.1% usage rate, averaging 14.6 points +6.2 assists
Lakers season: Averaged 25.8 minutes played, averaging 20.8% usage rate, averaging 10.4 points +4.7 assists
Rockets season in the first year: Averaged 32.2 minutes played, averaging 20.5% usage rate, averaging 13.4 points +6.1 assists
Rocket season in the second year: Averaged 28.9 minutes played, averaging 20.4% usage rate, averaging 12.5 points +4.1 assists
A note about usage rate formula: usage rate is defined as such: at the end of the offensive round, a player is being used. Players formula : (Player field goal attempt + 0.44 × player in free throw attempts + players turnovers) × (total team players playing time ÷ 5) ÷ player playing time ÷ (total team field goal attempt + 0.44 × team all players free throw attempts + team all the players turnovers)
We can visually see this. At different times, different coaches have vastly different usage of Lin. Jeremy did not regress but how come he could not perform well as expected? At least in stats? In fact, usage rate is one of the main contributing factors. After leaving New York Knicks, both in Houston or Los Angeles Lakers, he has not been given the same tactical position as he had with Knicks, especially with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant, Scott’s over-reliance (a career-high 34.7 percent usage) and go to guy. On the one hand, conduct ed shamelessly tanking, on the other, put Jeremy accountable for the losses, this is a coach who did not care or have any remorse whether he is strangling a good player’s career.
Besides, during the first year with the Houston Rockets, Harden had usage of 29%, next year is 27%, although not as high as Kobe Bryant, in comparison with usage rate when Jeremy Lin was with Knicks, both are well-matched. In contrast, when Harden was with Thunder:
09-10 season, usage rate of 20.4%, averaging 22.9 minutes played, averaging 9.9 points and +1.8 assists.
10-11 season, usage rate of 19.5%, averaging 26.7 minutes played, averaging 12.2 points +2.1 assists;
11-12 season, usage rate of 21.6%, averaging 31.4 minutes played, averaging 16.8 points +3.7 assists.
Of course, Harden is a shooting guard or two-guard, and Jeremy’s strength and specialties are different, but only in this instance, what a player can exhibits his skills and performance are greatly affected by the offensive/defensive tactics employed by the coach pluses in regards of his usage and play time stability. This applies to other outstanding point guards as well.
When Jeremy was given sufficient usage and not just 20%, he had following outstanding stat:
December 10, 2012
Rockets VS Spurs: Jeremy Lin played 42 minutes, 38 points +7 assists and steals +2 +2 blocks, 12 of 12 shooting free throws, went 4 5 three-pointers. Harden absent.
February 10, 2012
Knicks VS Lakers: Jeremy Lin played 39 minutes, 38 points +7 assists and steals +2. Anthony absent.
November 13, 2013
76ers VS Rockets: Jeremy Lin played 49 minutes, 34 points, +12 assists, single-game hit nine three-pointers. Harden absent.
February 19, 2012
Knicks VS Dallas: Jeremy Lin played 46 minutes, 28 points and +14 assists and steals +1 +5 blocks. Anthony absent.
February 14, 2012
Raptors VS Knicks: Jeremy Lin played 43 minutes, 27 points and +11 assists. Anthony absent.
February 8, 2012
Wizards VS Knicks: Jeremy Lin played 36 minutes, 23 points and +10 assists and steals +1 +1 blocks. Anthony absent.
March 9, 2012
Bucks VS Knicks: Jeremy Lin played 41 minutes, 20 points and +13 +5 assists and steals. Played with Anthony.
December 25, 2012
Bulls VS Rockets: Jeremy Lin played 34 minutes, 20 points and +11 assists and steals +1 +1 blocks. And played with Harden.
February 29, 2012
Knicks VS Cavalier: Jeremy Lin played 33 minutes. +13 19 points and assists. Played with Anthony.
April 1, 2013
Rockets VS Magic: Jeremy Lin played 30 minutes, 19 points and +11 assists. Harden absent.
March 20, 2012
Knicks VS Raptors: Jeremy Lin played 29 minutes, 18 points and +10 assists, and played with Anthony.
November 28, 2014
Lakers VS Wolves: Jeremy Lin played 30 minutes, 18 points and +11 +4 assists and steals. Played with Bryant. (Fourth quarter was benched in the clutch moment)
November 27, 2012
Rockets VS Raptors: Jeremy Lin played 38 minutes, 16 points and +10 assists and steals +3. Played with Harden.
December 22, 2012
Rockets VS Memphis Grizzly: Jeremy Lin played 35 minutes, 15 points and +11 assists and steals +1 +2 +6 plate blocks, and played with Harden.
April 3, 2013
Rockets VS Kings: Jeremy Lin played 34 minutes, 15 points and +10 +1 steals assists, and played with Harden.
February 1, 2014
Rockets VS Knight: Jeremy Lin played 29 minutes, 15 points +10 +11 rebounds assists steals +2 +1 blocks, and played with Harden. (First Triple double as a bench player)
November 18, 2014
Hawks VS Lakers: Jeremy Lin played 31 minutes, 15 points and +10 +2 assists steals, played with Kobe Bryant.
November 9, 2014
Lakers VS Hornets: Jeremy Lin played 33 minutes, 21 points +7 assists, and played with Kobe Bryant.
March 3, 2013
Rockets VS Dallas: Jeremy Lin played 25 minutes, 21 points, assists +9
These are not exactly the highlights of the Lin’s game statistics, in these outstanding game, because of the absence of so-called franchise player, Lin led the team and thus received a higher usage rate, which as a result reflected on stats. In addition, even when he played with a ball hog but received relatively stable playing time, his performance in general was still decent. Those naysayers who say Lin cannot be the core of the team, and remarks that he could not coexist with these franchise players is completely misleading and nonsense. Jeremy either can be the core of the team, or provide the necessary fire power that super star needs to sharing score loads. This is a fact, no doubt about it.
Coach Scott and his perverted claim and efforts against Lin is nothing more than having the right to dictate playing time and offensive tactics in order to serve two purposes. First, to provide greater opportunities for the other players to “look” good on the stats sheet at expense of reduced play time for Jeremy Lin. Second, to suppress the opportunity that Jeremy Lin (the ethnic yellow icon) could produce for the team with reduces minutes, roles, and enforcing offensive/defensive tactics that favors all players but PG. They began to create such regression illusion by a simple comparison between the Linsanity Lin and Post Linsanity Lin. This means that they can only fool themselves, and those casual fans perhaps. The true basketball fans know the truth lies beneath the surface.
Yes, the world has never been a world with no dark side, but that does not mean that the light will never pierce through the darkness.