Jeremy Lin Injury: 6 Bold Predictions for Knicks Point Guard in 2012-13 Season
Lin, who will mostly like miss the rest of the season after having MCL surgery on his left knee, told the NY Post getting healthy is more important than getting paid as a restricted free agent.
While we have seen the last of Lin this NBA season, these five bold predictions demonstrate Lin will be bigger and better than ever in 2013.
Linsanity Will Continue
Jeremy Lin's rise to stardom marked the beginning of Linsanity, and this media phenomenon will continue into the 2012-13 NBA season.
Lin is a huge New York Knicks and NBA celebrity who has a wonderful backstory. Lin almost dropped out of the league before the Knicks asked him to step into a bigger role in February.
Lin is also a humble player who is a solid baller and a positive role model.
Besides his basketball skills, Lin has inspired many Asian-Americans to play basketball and follow the NBA more closely.
The media will continue feeding the public stories of Lin, and the public will eagerly eat it up.
Jeremy Lin Begins Season as Knicks Starting PG
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The New York Knicks are way over the luxury tax and can't make a major free-agent signing.
So, with virtually no chance of landing free-agent point guards Steve Nash and Deron Williams, the Knicks will opt to have Jeremy Lin be New York's starting point guard for 2012-13.
Lin has been the Knicks' best player running the point this year. Mike Bibby has been horrendous and will not be re-signed. Baron Davis has suffered through injuries and is probably playing his last games as a Knick.
The amazing Lin has averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game, while getting the Knicks back into playoff contention after superstars Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were injured in early February.
Lin has proved that he belongs in the NBA. The Knicks will re-sign him to the max mid-level exception of $5 million to keep him around another year.
Jeremy Lin Improves His Passing Efficiency
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One main weakness in Jeremy Lin's game is he is an inefficient passer.
Lin is a young point guard who didn't have much NBA playing experience upon entering the New York Knicks' starting lineup and obviously had some growing pains.
Looking at Lin's assist-turnover ratio of 1.69, he knows there is room for improvement.
Lin is an extremely hard worker who is talented and intelligent. During the summer, Lin will work in the gym with his Knicks teammates to get in sync.
Lin will be a much-improved passer in 2012-13 after intense, focused summer training.
Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony Gel on the Court
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Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony haven't performed well when they've played together this NBA season.
Lin is a slashing point guard who sets up his teammates and needs the ball in his hands to be effective.
Likewise, Anthony is a pure scorer who plays well in isolation and needs the ball frequently as well.
These two didn't have much opportunity to gel because Lin spent a good portion of the season on the bench, and both had various injuries that kept them out.
With a new Knicks coach in Mike Woodson and an offseason to prepare, both Lin and Anthony will work on their offensive rhythm.
Lin will work on his perimeter passing and try to find Anthony for open isolation opportunities. He could also drive the lane and kick it out to 'Melo.
When Anthony gets going, the Knicks will be hard to beat. Lin is a team player and will help Anthony get back to his dominant self.
Jeremy Lin Will Average 18 Points and 8 Assists
Jeremy Lin had a solid first season as a starter for the New York Knicks, so he will be even better in 2012-13.
With a season under his belt, Lin will improve his scoring and assist totals to 18 points and eight dimes per game.
Lin will work on his jumper and his shot selection, making him a more efficient scorer. Lin's assist total will increase, as he will be more familiar with Amar'e Stoudemire's and Carmelo Anthony's games.
Jeremy Lin Leads New York Knicks to Divisional Title
The Atlantic Division is in a state of flux right now, so Jeremy Lin is primed to lead the New York Knicks to a divisional title in 2012-13.
The Boston Celtics' core belongs in a retirement home, and their only hope is to retool in a thin free-agent class.
The Philadelphia 76ers have overachieved this year and don't have anyone scary offensively.
The Knicks have the most talent in the division and have struggled in 2011-12 because of numerous injuries to key players.
With a healthy roster and an improved Lin, the Knicks will be the Atlantic Division champs next NBA season.