2012 NBA Free Agency: If Knicks Re-Sign Jeremy Lin, Will he Become an Elite Point Guard?

The eyes of every New York Knicks fan will be on the June 13th decision that could determine the shape of the franchise in the very near future.

While this may not resemble “The Decision,” by any chance, whatever the arbitrator rules of whether or not the Knicks get the Bird Right’s of Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak becomes a huge decision for the future of the Knicks.

Mar 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Whether or not the Knicks have to use the MLE on Lin or not, it is worth at least looking at how high Lin’s ceiling really is.

It’s so hard to predict Lin’s future due to the fact that we’ve only had a 25 game look at him. To immediately think that just because they may re-sign him that the Knicks would have one of the best point guards in the NBA would be foolish thinking.

I love the promise Lin showed, but the one thing that could determine how he progresses as a point guard and how the Knicks progress as a team could be how Lin handles himself among the elite point guards in the NBA.

Judging off last season alone, would you be confident of Lin in a playoff series against the likes of a Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose or Rajon Rondo type of point guard?

Aside from the horrific Miami game for Lin, some of his worst performances were turned in against the likes of the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets and Chicago Bulls. What those teams have in common is an elite floor general.

That’s not to say that Lin won’t continue to get better and I think he will, but that is still something that could raise a red flag. I think it’s very good for Lin right now that he’s healthy and has the entire offseason to prepare to play major minutes next season.

What the Knicks are hoping for is that Lin progresses and becomes maybe a Top 10 point guard in the NBA. That will require a lot of work, but I think he’s talented enough to get there. For the Knicks to win a championship, they will need a point guard that can hold his own against the better point guards in the NBA during a seven-game series.

Is Lin that guy?

Who knows right now, but given a full season under his belt, I’m pretty confident he can be.

Hopefully it is in a Knicks uniform.


Topics: 2012 Free Agency, Jeremy Lin, NBA, New York Knicks, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker

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  • Scott Davis

    To be fair, Lin also did have his fair share of success against above average, and some elite PGs.
    Two games against Deron Williams: 25 pts, 7 asts (breakout game), and 21 pts, 7 rebs, 9 asts
    John Wall: 23 pts, 10 asts
    Ricky Rubio: 20 pts, 8 asts (in a bad game at the time)
    Jose Calderon: 27 pts, 11 asts (in the buzzer-beating win)
    Jason Kidd/ Dallas: 28 pts, 14 asts
    Kyrie Irving: 19 pts, 13 asts
    Tony Parker: 20 pts, 4 asts (in a bad loss, however)
    Brandon Jennings: 20 pts, 13 asts
    Derrick Rose (where he did struggle some, naturally), but he still finished with 15 pts, 8 asts
    I think those are pretty spectacular numbers for a player essentially in his rookie season. It was worrying how he struggled against the Heat and Celtics, but I think that had to do with nerves and fatigue as much as anything else. We saw him do well against a team like Dallas that was really physical with him and played him really tough.

  • knicksnyk

     some of his worst performances were turned in against the likes of the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets and Chicago Bulls. What those teams have in common is an elite floor general.
    He played well against those teams considering that he had only played in like 10 games before that. His invidual peformance was not at issue and was not the reason we lost. We lost because of terrible defense we were giving up over 100 pts. Under linsanity we did not win solely because of him but because of our defense we were holding guys to 90 pts and what do you expect with a stacked defensive line up of Jared, Shump, Landry, Tyson and Lin. Lin could score all he wants and those guys would defend. Those games we lost under MDA we lost not because of lin (which i do not think you could say was his worst performances) his only worst performance really was his hornets game and the miami game. We lost those games cause we had a line up of melo stat tyson lin fields. In that list melo stat tyson are probably the weakest defenders during those games. You win championships based on defense and we were not defending as a team.

  • MattShetler

     @knicksnyk  which was my point because Lin struggled defensively against good guards. i’m not worried about him offensively, but while you are correct in the team playing bad defense. Lin was a part of that

  • knicksnyk

     @MattShetler  @knicksnyk Alright. You should have been more specific then as to what aspect of the game he struggled in. With a line up of Carmelo, Amare, Lin it is hard to say who is the weaker defender. The honour probably goes to Stat his pnr defense is just awful. Melo and Lin are decent defenders although all three of them need to be a lot better defensively.

  • nyknicks

    the knicks only give him 5 million,why would you ask him to perform like a 15 million player?
    just let him go and find another player you like.