Could I have a more cliche post title? Honestly. Unless you've been living under a rock since the beginning of the month, odds are you've heard the words "Jeremy Lin," "Linsanity," "Lincredible", "Super Lintendo"….the list goes on. Jeremy Lin took the reigns of the Knicks as their starting point guard after coming out of nowhere. After being a forgotten about last man off the bench, the Harvard grad shocked the world and has led the Knicks to 9 wins in 11 games. His statistics speak for themselves, averaging 24.6 points and 9.4 points in his first 10 games as a starter. It's truly amazing what this kid has accomplished. The story is one of the most amazing in basketball history and he deserves all the credit he's been given. He turned around the (what had been) thus far disappointing season for the New York Knicks and gave fans more hope, creating an enormous buzz around Madison Square Garden and New York City.
The Knicks bench, which had been VERY weak at the start of the season, also just got a hell of a lot better- giving New York one of the better benches in the league. The emergence of Steve Novak has been a revelation. All of last year, the guy only played in 23 games…he's already played in 21 this season. Once Jeremy Lin began starting, Novak emerged as an absolutely deadly three-point shooter that the team could count on- he's shooting 44% from downtown. The Knicks also have rookie Iman Shumpert coming off the bench now that Lin is starting. Shumpert gives the team a great athletic option at the shooting guard position and he's one of the best defensive players on the team. The recent acquisition of the explosive J.R. Smith and the improved health of point guard Baron Davis will also bolster the Knicks' bench. I'd be foolish not to acknowledge the recent great play of second year guard Landry Fields and the always solid Bill Walker. Any of those players could go off for 20 points in a game on any night. Throw that in with Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler and you've got a very solid team that will no doubt be in contention for a top 5 playoff seed.
(Thanks to theknicksblog for this^)
It's freaking amazing how a second year Asian American grad from Harvard could lead an NBA team in the biggest market in the world from the depths of disappointing to championship promise within a month. All I know is if the Knicks make a deep playoff run, I'm going to be going sick. Absolutely bananas. I've been waiting a long time for this team to return from glory and escape the days cursed by Stephon Marbury, Isaiah Thomas and all of the other good for nothing players the Knicks paid unreal amounts of money for. LETS DO THIS NY.