On the court, Lin’s star has fallen dramatically, as many NBA people suspected it would, once teams started to really scout him and study his game.
“It was a perfect storm with Lin,” said one scout, who first saw him play in a D-League showcase in South Padre Island, Tex., in 2011. “He was perfect in Mike D’Antoni’s system. You had Carmelo Anthony out of the lineup. That part of their schedule was favorable. And nobody had seen him play during the summer, because of the lockout. But all of that has changed now.”
According to several scouts and GM’s, Lin is projected to settle somewhere between an average starter and above-average starter, at best. He’s got some deficiencies he needs to fix to solidify himself as above-average. He doesn’t have a reliable jump shot, he’s turnover-prone, and he can’t defend a street pole.
By Dex McLuskey - Mar 13, 2012 12:03 AM CT
The Chicago Bulls made it 10 wins in 11 games and handed the New York Knicks their sixth straight defeat, pouring more water on the fireworks that accompanied the emergence of point guard Jeremy Lin last month.
The Bulls, who lead the National Basketball Association with a 35-9 record, won 104-99 at the United Center in Chicago last night. New York, which is winless this month and has lost six straight games on the road, dropped to 18-24.
“It’s a hard situation to be in right now,” New York’s leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony, told reporters. “Losing basketball games the way we’re losing, it’s kind of hard to stay upbeat.”
New York won its first seven games after Harvard University graduate Lin began running the offense on Feb. 4. His play boosted national interest in the Knicks, creating the phenomenon known as Linsanity. Since then, the Knicks are 3-9, leaving them in danger of missing the playoffs.
NUEVA YORK on 6 game losing skid...and the unraveling of Linsanity continues.