Thank you Coach Mike D'antoni for giving Jeremy the initial chance to play and then riding him through Lin-Sanity. Even with Melo back and Baron asking for more minutes, you stuck with JLin knowing his heart, will, and team play.
Instead of focusing on his few weaknesses, like many out there, you focused on his many strengths. We are just so gratetful that you could see what we knew here for a long time, that Jeremy is not a backup or just an average point guard.
The many naysayers you hear and read are the exact reason why he was overlooked at all levels. They look at him and can't see the actual output that he produces. Instead, they see his mistakes and magnify them to the point of overlooking his overall value to the team. Yes, he can look bad at times, his decision making is a work in progress, and his ball handling needs improvement. But the numbers don't lie and Jeremy's numbers under D'antoni are staggering for any young point guard.
Lin-Sanity Era (including coming off bench vs Nets):
Before tonights game, remember this is with only 26.6 minutes per game:
-JLin 1.71 steals per game 10th in the NBA
-Ahead of Derrick Rose (.9 spg) and Kyrie Irving (.92 spg) both not even in the top 70.
-JLin 3.11 steals per 48min 5th in the NBA
-Ahead of Chris Paul 6th (one of the greatest thieves of all time)
-JLin 6.4 assists per game 15th in the NBA
-Ahead of Russell Westbrook (5.5 apg) and Kyrie Irving (5.4 apg)
-JLin 11.5 assists per 48 minutes 4th in the NBA
-Ahead of Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Tony Parker, Deron Williams
Please, please, please, don't talk about Jeremy being an average point guard in any fashion. He wants to be great and is on his way to becoming great. If you can't see it by his play, the numbers show it. The numbers don't lie. He is only 23 years old, the statistical peak of most point guards are from 27-30. Steve Nash didn't start putting up his great numbers until about 30 years old. Nash averaged only 8.6 pts, 4.9 assists in his fourth year! His turnovers are on pace to set a record too. However, if history is any indication, he will be joining good company. Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas are near the top of the list for most turnovers per game in a career.
So folks, please remind yourselves this is like the 2nd chapter in a 30 chapter thriller. There is so much more ahead. There will be more bumps in the road, but this is what we're here for. To support our guy and to make sure that he is well taken care of. Again, thank you to Coach D'antoni for helping write an incredible early chapter in the book of Jeremy Lin.