NBA News: Jeremy Lin Potential Sixth Man Of The Year Candidate

NBA News: Jeremy Lin Potential Sixth Man Of The Year Candidate
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The Charlotte Hornets have suffered a jolt ahead of the regular season as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sustained a potential season ending injury.


Hornets’ hopes of making it to playoffs in the coming season are now on the lifeline. The only silver lining lies in Jeremy Lin’s form and his combination Kemba Walker in the back court. The Nicolas Batum trade also provides them with some assurance.

Jeremy Lin is the man to watch in the Hornets lineup this season. It doesn’t matter if he’ll be featured in the starting lineup or remain on the bench. The preseason has enough encouragement to hope that after an unsuccessful stint at the Los Angeles Lakers, Linsanity is destined to stage a comeback this season.

Owner Michael Jordan has shown faith on Lin’s prowess, citing that he could become the best addition to the Hornets camp this season.

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In the six preseason games this season for the Hornets, Lin posted an average of 15.3 points and 3.8 assists in 25.2 minutes per game, which is an all-team high. Moreover, his blistering shooting prowess lifted the Hornets. Here, the Hornets have a prolific scorer they have been longing for in years.

If 27-year-old Lin can continue with this form in the league, he could become a potential sixth man of the year candidate.


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  • Tom Gardner

    Yup, he can be sixth man of the year if he gets 25-30 minutes….

  • westseadoc

    Hard to argue this viewpoint. Clifford still has to find the best way to juggle the pieces to maximize the strengths of each player and each line up. Lin simply does better when Walker is not on the floor; stats bear that up. Nonetheless, the Hornets are winning and playing well. JLin off the bench, leading the 2nd team has simply outplayed the bench of most opponents. Lin is also used to close out games as his defense is much improved and his offense often needed. What I have yet to see, however, is an analysis of Kemba Walker’s game when Lin is on the floor. Since Walker is having a great season, I bet some of that has to do with the additional threat that Lin poses and imposes. For instance, by helping get the other team into foul trouble, the starters are sometimes presented with a better scoring position, etc. I’m a Lin fan and I’d like to see him utilized more as a PG and not SG but if the Hornets are winning, that’s the best yardstick of performance whether obvious or intangible. It’s hard to fault Kemba and Batum for taking their shots, even at Lin’s expense; they are making tons of buckets and Lin helps space the floor, too. With his threat to penetrate, too, defenses can’t simply close out on Walker or Batum. Lin is an integral part of a winning team right now .. he should enjoy that and that people perceive his value above worrying about minutes or shots. He simply has to improve his shooting % and he will get the ball more often. He might have to make his shot more than catch and shoot in rhythm but this is the pros so just shut up and put up (which is what he is doing!).