New York Knicks

Jeremy Lin: It Will Always Come Back to the Facts and Stats

Might this be a familiar Scene for Jeremy Lin in Houston next year?
Might this be a familiar Scene for Jeremy Lin in Houston next year?Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Adam ReiterCorrespondent IIIJuly 18, 2012

Thirty-five games.

That's all it took for Jeremy Lin to go from undrafted point guard out of Harvard to signing a two-year deal worth $500,000 a year to becoming worth $25 million over three years.

For all Knicks fans who are calling for James Dolan's head and insulting him, as seen by the young men in this Gotye-inspired video (link), they should remember what matters the most at the end of the day: stats.

Lin played 20 minutes or more 27 times. The Knicks were 16-11 in those 27 games, but less than half of those wins came against teams with winning records and included losses to the Raptors, Nets and Hornets (the latter two coming at home).

In those 27 games, Lin shot less than 45 percent from the field, less than 31 percent from three-point range. His assists-to-turnover ratio was 1.69, which ranked 53rd of all qualified players and 143rd overall. 

The Knicks were 10-9 in the 19 games Lin played with Carmelo Anthony, including a six-game losing streak that led to the resigning of former head coach Mike D'Antoni. In the 35 games total that Lin played last season, he averaged a solid 19.6 points per 36 minutes, but he took nearly 15 shots per 36 minutes to achieve it.

During the 2014-2015 season, Lin is scheduled to make $14.9 million. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who will be in the last year of a contract signed in November of 2009, is scheduled to make $13 million. Rondo is a three-time All-Star, two-time All-Defensive first team and a two-time All-Defensive second team.

Jeremy Lin has started 25 games in his NBA career.

Lin is not worthy of $25 million over three years and will need to prove he wasn't another New York flash in the pan made out to be better than he was by the media.

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