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Jeremy Lin: Talented PG Should Be New York Knicks' Starter Next Season

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden on March 20, 2012 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 7, 2012

One more year.

Jeremy Lin deserves another year as the starting point guard for the New York Knicks.

From a basketball standpoint, Lin and superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire don't have the greatest chemistry, but we only had a brief sample size of all three on the floor.

Anthony played in 55, Stoudemire played in 47 and Lin played in 35 while coming off the bench in December and January. 

The chemistry of all three on the court was noticeably off, but there's a glimmer of hope that it could be because of the lack of playing time on the court.

Lin's pick-and-roll, "need the ball in my hands" style of play doesn't mesh well with Anthony's "need the ball in the post," dominant in one-on-one situations style of basketball, but these two talented players deserve another year to see if they can work it out.   

Could you imagine if it did? 

Lin is only 23 years old. He has proven to be effective driving to the basket, and his jumper has improved significantly since earning playing time.

He could potentially be an All-Star talent which would give New York three All-Star caliber players which is what it takes to compete for championships in today's NBA

Lin averaged 14.6 points per game on 44.6 percent shooting. There were games when he went 8-of-24 and 9-of-20 in the month of February; he averaged 15.4 shots per game in the month. 

If he can tone down his volume shooting—because Anthony should be the main weapon on this team—focus on distributing the basketball and making other players better, Lin would be a great fit on this roster.

Maybe it's easier said than done, but given his talents and age, he's deserving of the opportunity.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 21: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks lays up a shot over Elton Brand #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 21, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Knicks won 82-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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Head coach Mike Woodson believes he deserves another opportunity too, according to the New York Post:

“Right now, he is our starting point guard, without a doubt,” Woodson said. “I’ve always believed this: When a starter goes down he doesn’t lose his job because of an injury. You welcome him back with open arms when he gets healthy and you keep it moving.”

He continued:

“That’s what we’re going to do when we get [Lin] signed,” Woodson said of the unsigned restricted free agent. “We’ll get him back in uniform ... and get him ready for practice and camp and throw the ball in his hands and say, ‘Let’s go.’ ”

The Knicks would be making the wise decision by keeping Lin as the starting point guard for at least another season. If it blows up in their face, then they can make the necessary move to end the relationship.

But for now, he's only 23 years old and he's only getting better. He's worth another look with this talented roster.  

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