Before the 2011-12 campaign, Steve Novak had only averaged double-digit minutes per game with the 19-win Los Angeles Clippers in 2008-09.
Despite the fact that Novak shot well above his career average from downtown last season while playing more minutes, the New York Knicks could be dealing with a mirage. The sample size of Novak's metamorphosis from benchwarmer into contributor is quite small.
It's rather curious that Novak didn't take off during this past campaign until Jeremy Lin entered the picture.
Lin took over the starting job in early February, and Novak took just three games to match his three-point tally from the pre-Lin portion of the season.
Now, Lin is gone, but Novak will still be playing in Madison Square Garden for another four years.
Only time will tell, but a regression to the mean is a strong possibility.