He is now shooting over 50% from the field, 42% from 3, and 87% from the line. This is truly amazing if you consider he just missed close to a year with a possible career ending injury, is on a brand new team with many rookies, and has no set rotation or playing time pattern.
I also want to state that Coach Pierce has been fair to Jeremy and that he sits Trae when he is playing bad. I'm sure even if he wanted to start Jeremy, he'd have to get permission from above. The problem of course is that even if Jeremy deserves to start or play more minutes, he won't if Trae is playing reasonably well. I knew that this was a pretty brutal stretch in the schedule and that's why I felt Jeremy would get more chances. Honestly, Trae and the 1st team have been so bad that Jeremy could get a shot. Take a look at these comparisons, pretty mind blowing.
Trae 38.9% fg 23.8% 3p
JLin 50.4% fg 42.0% 3p
As I mentioned on an earlier post, there a bunch of teams that could be landing spots next year. Jeremy is starter material. Lets remember he is just 30. Curry and Durant are 30, Kyle Lowry is 32. Jeremy is not old. Not much mileage.
In no particular order:
1. New York Knicks - Frank Ntilikina is the only point guard signed through next year
2. Utah Jazz - Ricky Rubio has been so so and he is expiring this year.
3. Orlando Magic - D.J. Augustine is their starting point guard signed thru next year
4. Phoenix Suns - Isaiah Canaan is their starting point guard and is expiring this year.
5. Indiana Pacers - Darren Collison and Corey Joseph are expiring this year.