Another question running through the minds of the New York Knicks' big shots concerns how good Jeremy Lin actually is.
Is he an elite point guard? An upper-level starter? A decent starter? A bench warmer?
No one has been able to correctly predict the career of Lin, but here goes nothing.
Lin will never be a truly elite point guard—I'm talking Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Steve Nash, Kyrie Irving level—but he can fall just under that tier of players.
During his 25 starts this past season, Lin managed to average 18.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 0.3 blocks and 2.0 steals per game. He was a tremendous facilitator and a more-than-capable scorer.
A lot of people will knock Lin for his perceived turnover problem. While he does need to be more careful with the ball, the problem is largely overblown.
Despite his small sample size, Lin is no flash in the pan. He's going to make it in this league as an upper-level starter.
He'll certainly be better than both Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he's worth the money.
Lin also has an insane amount of marketability off the court, which has to factor into the decision as well.