Keven Martin equal Carmelo Anthony .... didnt u notice the Houston Rocket roster without "Yao & T-Mac" three seasons ago staying above .500 record. As soon as they got Keven Martin 2 seasons ago, Houston started trading some decent young guards and coach Adeleman started DNP healthy good players who refuse to pass Keven Martin the ball on every offensive possession.
Lin is a complimentary team player .. Felton is not...
And he's plenty athletic, watch Sports Science on ESPN if you don't believe me...or just watch his games from last season.
But the numbers weren't my point. Even if he performs poorly, as long as he starts he'll draw $$$, something that Doh!lan couldn't seem to grasp. Houston had plenty of cash to throw around and yet they pursued an unproven PG in J Lin (which he is) when they had D Will available or Steve Nash? And seriously, Omer Asik??? And a bunch of hit or miss young players? If they make the playoffs next season I will be amazed. I'll give you Kevin Martin but he's not a superstar like Melo. (yes i said it and I don't care if I get sh*t from the blob for this one if he reads it).
Lin had a great situation in NY and it was a win win for both sides no matter how you try and spin it. The Knicks could had 2 years to evaluate Lin before that luxury tax hit and traded him away to any number of teams who would love to have him no matter how he performed. Meanwhile, they would be making insane paper off him just being on the team. Plus they had J Kidd to help him out and even a Felton/Lin combo isn't too far fetched. Lin could have had better talent to work with and had a much higher chance of actually getting a chance to play in the playoffs vs sitting on the sidelines.
He better become a pass first pointguard this time around. I swear when he was with us, he played with blinders on half the game. Its like he made the decision whether he was going to pass or shoot when he was on the other end of the court.. The situation, whether someone was open or not, seemed like it didn't matter. He just chucked so many shots it drove me insane.
I just found someone posted this online and I'm quite shocked by it.
Everyone was saying Lin was a TO machine but even Nash, Rondo, Kidd was worse? Anyway, yeah Lin's defense was really good, he stole the ball a lot, I'm really sad to see him go. I doubt Felton's D is gonna be up to par...Nash,Kidd,Rondo,Rubio,Lin,Chalmers,Felton,Wall,G.D ragic,Lowry,Sessions,Nelson,B.Knight,Calderon,S.Cu rry,Augustin,D.Williams,D.Collison,K.Irving,D.Harr is,J.Teague,Lawson,Westbrook,Conley,J.Jack,I.Thoma s,J.Holiday,T.Parker,D.Rose,K.Walker,CP3,Jennings
Among these 32 starting PGs above, in the last reg. season,
Lin ranks 6th in AST%...elite level
Lin ranks 28th in TOV%...bottom level (Nash, Kidd, Rondo and Rubio were worse.)
Lin ranks 5th in USG%...dominating role
Lin ranks 11th in TS%...above average
Lin ranks 13th in TRB%...average
Lin ranks 5th in STL%...elite level
Lin ranks 5th in BLK%...elite level
Lin ranks 2nd in DRtg...elite level (Rondo ranks 1st)
Lin ranks 5th in MP when he was a starter...mass loading
Lin ranks 9th in PER...above average
Lin ranks 8th in AST per 36 mins...above average
Lin ranks 32th in TOV per 36 mins...worst
Lin ranks 1st in FTA per 36 mins...best
Lin is the only one that ranks TOP 5 in both STL% and BLK% among PGs at this point.
Lin had almost as many FTA per 36 mins as Durant had in the last reg. season. (Lin: 7.0 Durant: 7.1)
Lin is the only another one that turned the ball over at a rate of over 20%(21.4%) in TOV% with a USG% of over 20%(28.1%) among these guys besides Rondo, who turned the ball over at a rate of 22.8% in TOV% with a USG% of 20.7%.
Overall? I would say Lin was playing like an above average to borderline elite level PG in those 35 games.
LIN IS GONE, can we move on please?
Anyone who thinks Lin is a better defender than Felton is just a plain, straight up idiot.
1. Lin did nothing wrong as a Knick, played his ass off.
2. Felton was great as a Knick and will most likely step up again.
3. Not signing Lin and seeing what he could do for 1 or 2 years, before 3 rd. year $ hit, was a lost opportunity with limited Knick ownership risk. Stupid.
4. IMO Melo wanted Lin gone, did not want to share the NY stage with him.
5. Dolan is not Steinbrenner, and that answers many questions!
Bottom line: Lin was productive when he was here. Felton was productive when he was here. Only one of those guys are knicks now, so let's let the other one go about his business until we play HOU.
Those stats mean alot to a drowning Knicks club without a life-jacket having a 8-15 record, with the next 10 games being without both their $100M players do to groin injury, and family death.
The Knicks without their two star-players the next 10 games were suppose to have a 11-22 record. A 11 games under .500 .. Lin-Sanity gave us a 17-17 record with an outstanding chemistry on both sides of the court that cant be describe in any stats.
Lin-Sanity went WORLD-WIDE!
The real question are will threads like this come back and bite the Knicks organization for $elling Lin-$anity under the table .. b/c Melo is unhappy with another pass-first PG who skills could make other teammates a first n second option on offense.
Its not about Felton vs Lin .. Its all about Jason Kidd tutoring Felton to be half the floor-LEADER Lin-Sanity showed in 25 consecutive games of being a consistent super-star team-leader .. earning World-Wide-FAME!!!