Tuesday, August 23, 2016

JLin Unleashed!

Happy Birthday Jeremy!

As JLin turns 28 today, all things are lining up for another perfect storm! I know I've felt very optimistic before just to be slapped back down to earth, but this time it's different.

First, at 28 years young, JLin is close to his physical prime. Data on great players show age 27 as their peak click here but because he hasn't played as many minutes, you could argue his true NBA age is a bit younger. Also, playing 4 years in college or coming in the league at 22 or 23 can move that peak back. Larry Bird and Steve Nash would be prime examples as outliers who peaked at 30 or later.

But more than any other reason for my optimism is that he's been given the keys to drive these BrookLin Nets! Yes! His own team! Thus being set free, unshackled, and unleashed to play his game! I'd almost given up on him ever becoming a starter again without an injury occurring. However, with Kenny Atkinson, he has a great, young, innovative, open minded coach who has total trust and belief in Jeremy. You wouldn't risk your job on him as your starter if you didn't have full confidence in him. He knows Jeremy's game inside and out and will play to his strengths and continue to build the team around him. He will empower Jeremy, not look at him as a scapegoat or as just a good backup. JLin will finally be able to play his game and let his true greatness shine on a nightly basis.

This is the first time since Linsanity happened way back in 2012 that he will be the starting point guard while having the ball in his hands and given the green light. No more having to play backup to guys like Pat Beverly or Ronnie Price or having Chandler Parsons or Julius Randle, look you off and dribble it up themselves instead of giving him the outlet. No more DNP CD's for no reason other than a spiteful coach. No more jealous, envious, teammates who can't even bare to share a little of the spotlight. Yes, this season will be something to behold.

Becoming an All-Star is close at hand as well. He was less than 50,000 votes from CP3 his first year at Houston but luckily he didn't get it. He obviously didn't deserve it back then. But now, things are clear. He is one of the leaders of this young and up and coming team. If he plays his game, stays healthy, he will easily put up All-Star level numbers like he does whenever he was able to start and not have a high usage (or shall we just say ball hog) next to him. I'll go into detail later on my calculations, but it seems to me, he's been held back by about 25% by not being able to play his game. With that figured in and at about 33-34 minutes, I see 19 and 7 as very reachable numbers.

The Nets will have to win as well and we all know how bad this team was last year and how bad it's perceived to be this year. But this is a whole new ball club and organization from top to bottom. From my eye test, the pieces around Jeremy look just as good if not better than the Linsanity Knicks (Tyson, Fields, Shumpert, Jeffries). They, the Knicks, probably had a bit better talent defensively, but I'd say this Nets squad has much more offensive firepower and will no doubt be hard-nosed and scrappy like their Head Coach. I see this playing out similar to Jason Kidd's first year with the Nets or Steve Nash's first year in Phoenix; a huge turnaround, led by a great point guard who makes everyone around him better. I'd also say that JLin's supporting cast is just as good as JKidds Nets. Besides Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles, and Richard Jefferson, there was nothing else. I've compared JLin to a cross between a Steve Nash and a Jason Kidd and he will get his chance to show that this season. I'll go out on a limb and say they will compete for a playoff spot this year.

I know this sounds like I'm getting ahead of myself. Honestly, I truly feel this is just the tip of the iceberg guys. I've always believed that Jeremy could be great and one of the top PG's in this league if given the chance. And this is not about him improving his shot or his handle or anything else. We've seen what he could do when he was given the opportunity to be the man in New York only because of injury back in 2012. He is a much better player now. Just like any other top player coming in 6 years ago he has improved. This is just 100% about Opportunity + Trust. Trust from Ownership, GM, and Coach. This will filter down to trust among players.

Jeremy Lin, Happy Birthday to you! We have your back here as always and can't wait to see what happens when Opportunity + Trust + You playing for God comes together!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

JLin's offseason training

Remember, he starting working on his new shooting form last summer.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Comparisons for these young Nets

Before we dive into predicting how many games the Nets will win this season, lets take a closer look at the Nets young core.

First, I love to make player comparisons to get a feel for what this team could truly look like down the road. Realize that these are usually best case scenarios and I'm not saying they'll all be as good as their comps but that they have similar type games. Here goes.

RHJ Comps: MKG and Andre Iguodola. MKG like defender but MKG like shooter as well. Really strong rebounder at 9 per 36 min.. In summer league showed strong ball handling and playmaking skills ala Iggy. Elite defender who will be guarding Lebron, Melo, and the like. Can play 2, 3, and some 4. He is a lock to start on just his D and rebounding alone. Great slasher but if he can get his outside shot more consistent, watch out. Needs Doc to help him out.

Caris Levert Comp: Jamal Crawford with better shot selection and better D. Can get his own shot any time. Elite shooter who hit 40% of his 3's in college career. Great size at 6'7" and still filling out. Should be close to 200 lbs. by start of the season. If he can overcome his foot injury, this guy can be truly special. Plays D and hits the open man. Can play the 1, 2, and 3 but would be the perfect 2 guard to partner along side Jeremy with RHJ at the 3. Great attitude like the rest of the team. Very well spoken and humble. I absolutely love, just love him! on and off the court. This is one guy who could end up even better than his comp.

Trevor Booker Comps: Udonis Haslem, Tristan Thompson, Paul Milsap. High Motor, tough, athletic but a bit undersized at the 4 like his comps. Double double per 36 min. Great finisher who loves to dunk but can also step out and hit the open jumper. Really working hard on 3pt range this offseason. Can handle a little bit like Milsap and go by PF's but low usage unlike Milsap and that's a good thing. He'll be on the receiving end of many JLin Alley Oops this season for sure! Could be strong in pick and roll with JLin as well. If his 3 point shot improves this offseason, he'll definitely start at the 4.


Bojan Comps: Hedu Turkoglu, Luol Deng but without the D. Leading scorer for Croatia National team leading them to an Olympic berth. Had 44 pts in a game last season. Scores inside and out. 38% 3 pt shooter last season but D not so good. That's OK as the Nets will be playing great team D which will help keep him on the court. And they need him on the court as they'll need his scoring.

Sean Kilpatrick Comps: Vinnie "Microwave" Johnson, CJ McCollum without the great 3 pt shot. SK is a scorer and does it in many ways. Can always get his own shot. Takes and makes tough shots and is very efficient at 57% TS. Love him as instant offense off the bench ala the "Microwave'. Needs some work on D.

Chris McCollough Comps: Cliff Robinson of the Blazers (one of first stretch 4's), Chris Bosh. At 6'10" 210-215lbs, CM is long, athletic, and runs the court well. Has good range out to the 3 point line and blocks shots. Still super raw with a high ceiling. Should develop into a very good stretch 4 but just not sure how long it'll take.

Beau Beech Comp: Steve Novak. Little smaller but more athletic, however, not as great a knock down shooter as Jeremy's old side kick. A poor man's Steve Novak.

Let us know your best comps for these young Nets.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Love the support from the Local and Asian Bros!

Love the support from Brooklyn local boy, World Champ, Paulie Malignaggi, rocking the JLin Jersey at his weigh in (Congrats on the win btw!):