Jeremy Lin: Why New York Knicks Star Will Start at Point Guard Next Season

Soven BerySenior Analyst IMay 12, 2012

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This season Jeremy Lin dazzled a nation and ignited a fiery debate about racism in America. While Lin won’t be as widespread next year, he will still tackle the starting point guard job on the New York Knicks.

Head coach Mike Woodson said the restricted free agent will absolutely be back next season. That should end the debate on whether “Linsanity" would return to the Big Apple or not. But there is still a huge question to be answered. 

Will Lin start at point guard next season? 


Another Woodson quote will shed light on this pivotal issue. 

"Jeremy's a big part of our team, and will he start? Only time will tell. He’s still got to recover from his knee and use this summer to really work on his game to put himself in the best position possible for our ballclub. He has started for our team and he has played well for our basketball team. But this summer will be very pivotal for him in terms of his improvement, and the future's very bright for him."

Woodson never comes out and bluntly states that Lin will start or Lin won’t start, but his words can lead one to believe that the phenomenon can land a featured role. 

For starters one should just take a look at the other options. Baron Davis is still recovering from a dislocated right patella and will be out for 12 months. Davis suffered that injury in Game 4 of the Knicks' first-round NBA playoff series against the Miami Heat

Mike Bibby makes the San Antonio Spurs look like a youth AAU team and Toney Douglas averaged 6.2 points per game this year. 

Bibby still has a few productive years left in the tank and could make a nice backup, but naming him the starter would be ludicrous. 

His best days are behind him, while Lin is just entering his prime. 

Yes, he will need a lot of work and is recovering from an injury himself, but that is what the offseason is for. 

He is a hardworking athlete. That is the reason why he has achieved an unusual amount of success. In the summer he will be able to touch up on parts of his game such as reducing turnovers that will make him a star come next season. 

He will also get a chance to work with Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire in order to get their chemistry just right.  

The guard averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game and took the league by storm last season. The Knicks can be a talented team when all the parts are working in sync. 

Lin is an unselfish type of player that will be able to feed the aching appetites of the more polished scorers. 

He is the best bet for the Knicks at point guard and will lead Madison Square Garden to “Lin-finity” and beyond.