Daryl Morey Admits that Jeremy Lin Should Have Been a 15th Pick But Went Undrafted Because Lin is Asian

Michael Lewis, who is a best-selling author, has an interesting tidbit about Jeremy Lin in his latest book: “The Undoing Project”. I haven’t had a chance to read this book, but my Twitter feed has been lit up with excerpts from the book that has to do with Jeremy Lin:

“He lit up our model,” said Morey. “Our model said take him with, like, the 15th pick in the draft.” The objective measurement of Jeremy Lin didn’t square with what the experts saw when they watched him play; a not terribly athletic Asian kid. Morey hadn’t completely trusted his model – and so had chickened out and not drafted Lin. A year after the Houston Rockets failed to draft Jeremy Lin, they began to measure the speed of a player’s first two steps: Jeremy Lin had the quickest first move of any player measured. He was explosive and was able to change direction far more quickly than most NBA players. “He’s incredibly athletic,” said Morey. “But the reality is that every **** person, including me, thought he was unathletic. And I can’t think of any reason for it other than he was Asian.”

The above excerpt came from a reddit post, which has a lot of comments. Morey, GM of the Houston Rockets, could have bullshitted and said that Lin didn’t fit with what they were looking for, but instead, Morey told the truth and admitted that he, as well as many others in the NBA, was biased against Lin due to Lin being Asian. Of course, this point is obvious to many Lin fans and I’ve written about this ad nauseam here, including in my insanely long article written back in 2012. In my 2012 article, I pointed out that Ed Weiland, another stat head, concluded back in 2010 that Lin was one of the best college players and should have been picked very early in the draft. So it’s not like Michael Lewis uncovered anything particularly insightful, but to me it’s really great to see a best-selling author discuss Jeremy Lin in this manner. Hopefully, this will get some media traction. The more people talk about race the better–especially in the political and social climate in which we find ourselves.

I’ve beaten this horse to death, so there’s no need for me to go on much further about the bias that surrounds Jeremy Lin. My primary reason for posting this is just to alert you to the excerpt in this book in case you haven’t seen it, yet.

When I started this blog back in 2012, I was very passionate about trying to raise awareness about people’s poor preconceptions and misconceptions about Jeremy Lin. It’s heartening to me to see that the tide has turned on Lin and there are now more and more articles that give Jeremy Lin a fair shake. So these days I feel less of a need to write about Jeremy Lin and that’s one of the reasons why you haven’t heard from me on this blog in a while. I’m still watching Lin’s games, but feel less of a need to write about him, because the truth about Lin is coming out more and more these days. I hope this continues and people start to perceive Lin more accurately.

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  • MrP1ngP0ng

    Do you remember the 60 minutes segment on Jeremy Lin?

    https://youtu.be/SoPHAtoUCEo

    If you are a subscriber to 60 minutes all access, you can watch the extra web video clip at

    http://cbsn.ws/10HNCTI

    APRIL 8, 2013, 5:35 AM| Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, describes player Jeremy Lin as “the most explosive, accelerating athlete [the team has] ever measured.” How does he know? There’s an app for that.

  • MrP1ngP0ng

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and non Lin fans, just making conversation here…

    I have only been able to catch bits and pieces of the Nets games this years. Lin seems to have shaken off the rust in the last few games. His minute restriction seems to be loosening up. Things are looking up for us Lin fans.

    Onto the Celts game tonight! The Nets BIG 3, Lopez-Lin-LeVert, will boss!

  • ForTheLin

    LIn was looking really good after shaking off the rust the first few games. He looked more aggressive, more collective, and his handle looked great. His 3pt shooting was strong. Nets really upped their game and Lopez was effusive about Lin returning. Hope his ankle injury isn’t anything serious.

  • MrP1ngP0ng

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and non Lin fans, just making conversation here…

    I have not been able to watch a whole lot of Nets games due to work and travel. When I finally had some free time to watch the game last night, I was unrewarded with a Nets loss. Lin played hard as always, but his 3pt shooting was off. And Lopez could not buy a basket to save his life. May it’s just me, but Lin seems to have lost his explosiveness after coming back from his hammy injuries. Lin’s 3pt shots were mostly short from my recollection of the game, seemingly indicative of reduced leg strength. The supporting cast were not so good last night either. OK, so onto the next game then.

    Letzzz Gooo, JL7!

    • ForTheLin

      I think the intensity of the NBA game can wear on a body that has been injured most of the season. Lin is not driving as much, but he is also guarding the top guard. Yesterday, looks like Atkinson switched Lin’s guarding assignment to give him a little more breathing room, and it looks like it worked.

  • MrP1ngP0ng

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and non Lin fans, it’s been a while, just making conversation here…

    So Brook is gone, replaced by DLo and Timo. There’s also a new kid in town: Jarr! As you know, I am always bullish on Lin and I am confident that Lin will work well with the new guys. The Nets will be exciting to watch this coming season, folks!

    I watched a little bit of the NBA Draft last night. In case, you didn’t notice, the Knicks drafted an 18-year old French PG, and gave the jersey #17 to wear! 😉

    Have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are on this WEB!

    • nets had to give up kuzma in the brook lopez deal. so far kuzma is playing like an all star.