Jeremy Lin On Track To Win Sixth Man Of The Year
Jeremy Lin isn’t the primary reason Charlotte Hornets won seven of their last ten games. But he has been integral in Hornets staying clear of experienced squads like Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks for fifth seed in the grueling Eastern Conference.Advertisement
Lin’s PER of 15.64 is as good as any other second unit player in the league. Hornets’ recent success is predicated on the production of its bench, led admirably by Lin, Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lamb.
These days, awards are handed to players more on the basis of efficiency rather than just production. According to Hollinger’s Stats, Lin’s PER of 15.74 is +0.74 better than the league average comparison (when stacked up against players with similar Minutes Per Game and Usage Rate). From 20 games thus far, Lin is averaging 16.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals from Per 36 minutes statistics. Also, his 0.8 blocks per 36 minutes is a leading indicator of Lin’s improvement on defense.
Also, Lin’s Win Share of 1.0 is a cut above most back-up point guards in the league. Lin’s Win Shares Per 48 minutes is .109 – his best performance since the .140 he registered during the Linsanity year with New York Knicks back in 2012. While Lin’s RPM (Real Plus Minus) is a lowly -0.43, it is primarily because of limited minutes and low usage rate.
Jeremy Lin’s Low Usage Rate
Lin is putting up numbers despite a low usage rate of 22.7%. During the Knicks year, he had a high usage rate of 28.1% and that reflected in his overall stats, not to mention all the wins New York racked up that year.
Of all the Lin numbers, the most impressive one is his career-low turnover percentage of 14.2.
Jeremy Lin is competing with the likes of Tristan Thomspon (Cleveland Cavaliers), Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors) and Manu Ginóbili (San Antonio Spurs) for the Sixth Man of the Year award. Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics) and Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans) were perceived as contenders but while the former has been switched to a starter, the latter’s team is on a losing spree.