Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Becoming clearer

With Jeff Teague to Indiana, and Derrick Rose to the Knicks, JLin's possible destinations are becoming clearer. Still Nets, Rockets, now Bulls look like top 3.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

JLin Opts Out!

Jeremy Lin opts out of his 2nd year with the Hornets as expected. He and his team made a brilliant move to sign with the Hornets with the 2nd year player option. Now, he is in the drivers seat and will likely get multiple offers of over 5 times his measly $2.2 million salary.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Top 10 Spots for JLin

Here is my top 10 list of teams for JLin:

My main criteria include: best chance to start, style of play, coaching, surrounding talent, and city life. Also, I would love JLin to be able to play with one of the up and coming young shooting guards; Devin Booker (seems like out of the question with Suns), Kris Middleton, Rodney Hood, and Alan Crabbe.

Bottom 5 in no particular order:

Philadelphia 76ers
-Pros: Starter

-Cons: Too young, inexperienced coach, tough city to play in

Sacramento Kings
-Pros: Starting spot available if Rondo leaves, decent talent, close to home

-Cons: Team has been floundering since the Webber days, Cousins is a head case

Memphis Grizzlies
-Pros: Starting spot if Conley leaves, Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, bbq

-Cons: Slow pace of play, its Memphis

Chicago Bulls
-Pros: Starting spot available if Rose is traded, great city, Jimmy Butler

-Cons: Not sure of fit with Butler and not sure about Hoiberg

-Pros: Starter, Carlisle, winning culture

-Cons: Cuban, screwed him last time

Here are my top 5 in descending order:

5. Utah Jazz

Pros: Great young talent, good young coach, uptempo, Rodney Hood

Cons: They love Exum for some reason, culture fit

4. Milwaukee Bucks

Pros: Great young talent like the Jazz, Kris Middleton, freakish athleticism

Cons: City is blah, JKidd?, Giannis as point?

3. Houston Rockets

Pros: Starter with MDA, Harden if he decides he wants to win, 3's and at the basket finishes

Cons: Bad local media, Morey, Harden if he continues ISO

1b. New York Knicks

Pros: Starter, Hornacek, Kristaps, NYC, cap room

Cons: Melo if he doesn't change attitude, Dolan, slow pace but should speed up with Hornacek

1a. Brooklyn Nets

Pros: Starter, Atkinson, Marks, Cap room, decent vets, some young talent, uptempo passing game

Cons: Limited upside?,  Brooklyn not Manhattan

I can't decide between the Nets and Knicks. With either team, they need to get Crabbe to pair with Lin. This would be a great backcourt. The KP Lin pnr would be lethal with the Knicks. Also, the other FA's i'd go after would be Matt Barnes a great vet and Jon Leuer a nice up and coming stretch 4. Both the Knicks and Nets would be top 4 in East with the Lin and Crabbe backcourt.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Hornets Go Down in 7 to Heat, What next for JLin?

First off, lets remind everyone especially Coach Cliff how the Hornets got to a game 6 and 7. They were absolutely crushed in first 2 games with Kemba and Batum as his guys.

Game #1 plus/minus
Kemba -32
Batum -33
Lin -12

Game #2
Kemba -12
Batum -18
Lin +3

JLin actually played decently in the first two games. Batum was awful while Kemba put up some meaningless numbers.

With the injury to Nicolas Batum in game 2, I knew they had a chance because JLin would have a bigger role. That's exactly what happened as Jeremy Lin was the Hornets best player over their 3 wins:

Game 3
Lin 18 pts 4 asts +17
Kemba 17 pts 7 asts +13
Batum out

Game 4
Lin 21 pts 3 asts +17
Kemba 34 pts 1 ast -7
Batum out

Game 5
Lin 11 pts 7 asts 6 rebs  +6
Kemba 14 pts 5 asts 5 rebs -7
Batum 8 pts 3 asts 3 rebs +2

Over 7 game series:
Off Rating, Def Rating, Net Rating
Batum (5 games) 91.1, 121.6, -31.6
Kemba 98.3, 110.7, -12.4
JLin 98.6, 97.5, +1.1

Plus Minus in Series:
Batum -85 (5 games)
Kemba -62
Lin +5

Plus Minus in 3 wins:
Batum +2 (1 game)
Kemba -1
JLin + 40

However, Lin struggled in Game 6 and ended up only playing 24 minutes. This is where Cliff gave up on the one who basically led the Hornets to their 3 wins. He turned his back on JLin in game 7 and rode "his guys" sticking with a tired and ineffective Kemba an injured and ineffective Batum, who'd been awful the whole series when healthy or injured and to Frank the Tank who had a good game and a half in the whole series. No surprise here, but the only chance they had was having JLin lead and be a playmaker like he was in the 3 wins.

Now, what's next for JLin? So much is out of Jeremy's control. He has to wait till this summer and see if he actually gets a starting point guard offer. Everything seems to point to the Brooklyn Nets making him an offer and it's definitely my first choice.  Coach Kenny Atkinson really knows what he'd have in JLin and with tons of cap space, they could easily be a playoff contender next season.

Could he end up back with the Hornets? Definitely not what I'd like but still possible but only if Batum doesn't resign which could happen as he'll be getting many other offers at around 20 million.

There are a bunch of other possibilities out there with the Sixers, Pelicans, Spurs, Bulls to name a few. We'll just have to wait and see but I'm very confident that JLin will make a great decision when all offers are on the table like he did this season taking the Hornets low offer but getting that all important player option in the 2nd year. That brilliant move will make him millions as he's bound to get a starting salary in the 10-15 million dollar range with only Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo ahead of him in free agent point guard hierarchy and the huge increase in the salary cap.

And finally, let us not forget that Jeremy Lin knows that given the opportunity, he can and will be great!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

JLIn Will Bounce Back!

After the tough game 6 loss, the Hornets and JLin needs a huge bounce back game. It's obviously not going to be an easy task defeating the battle tested Heat led by one of the all time greats in DWade. However, at least the Hornets have the blue print for success. JLin needs to be a playmaker getting to the hoop, getting others involved and easy baskets, especially Big Al and Marvin. As tough a game as he had, if a layup or two goes in, a call or two go in his favor, things may have been very different.