Linsanity by the Numbers

After 10 games of spectacular performances, the reality of Jeremy Lin sets in after both the hype and the doubts. The Knicks have won 8 of their last 10 games with Jeremy, where he has started in 9 of them and played more minutes than any other member of the team. Compared to the last 10 games of all other players in the NBA, here is where Jeremy stands in the league:

  • #9 in Scoring
  • #3 in Assists
  • #2 in Steals
  • #4 in Combined Points, Rebounds, and Assists (#1 among guards)
  • #13 in Overall Efficiency (#3 among guards)

The names that appear in both the top 20 for assists and scoring aside from Jeremy are Tony Parker, Deron Williams, LeBron James, and Derrick Rose. Other names that appear with Jeremy on the top 10 for both the combined stats and efficiency list for guards are Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, and Monta Ellis. To even mention any player with these stars is a testament to what they’ve done, but it’s also notable which names aren’t mentioned. All-star point guards Steve Nash, Chris Paul, and Rajon Rondo have all trailed Jeremy in various stats, most notably scoring ability, but in both overall efficiency and effectiveness as well.

There have been arguments that Jeremy’s performance is going to slow down as the league recognizes his ability and properly defends him, but he has continued to break personal records in every single one of the past 10 games. He broke his scoring record 3 times, assist record 6 times, rebound record 2 times, and steal record 1 time. Whether teams are paying more attention and defending Jeremy more than before, he’s getting better at a faster rate. Unfortunately, as part of playing more minutes than ever before, Jeremy has also broken his record for turnovers twice. Fortunately, Jeremy is prolific at stealing the ball back and averaged the same number of turnovers minus steals per game as Steve Nash and Russell Westbrook, which suddenly makes it both normal and acceptable at that level of play.

For those that argue that 10 games still isn’t enough time to convince you that Jeremy is rocking the NBA like the star that he is, keep waiting, cause it’s going to get better.

Sample stats below from NBA.com, full stats and discussion on the forums

Scoring Leaders Points
1 Kevin Durant , OKC 29.3
2 Russell Westbrook , OKC 26.9
2 Deron Williams , NJN 26.9
4 Kobe Bryant , LAL 26.8
5 Tony Parker , SAS 25.5
6 Kevin Love , MIN 25.4
6 Dirk Nowitzki , DAL 25.4
8 Monta Ellis , GSW 25.0
9 Jeremy Lin , NYK 24.6
10 Dwyane Wade , MIA 24.4
11 Andrea Bargnani , TOR 24.2
11 LeBron James , MIA 24.2
13 Derrick Rose , CHI 23.6
14 LaMarcus Aldridge , POR 21.7
15 Eric Gordon , NOH 21.0
16 Rudy Gay , MEM 20.8
16 Blake Griffin , LAC 20.8
16 Dwight Howard , ORL 20.8
19 Al Jefferson , UTA 20.3
19 David Lee , GSW 20.3
Assist Leaders APG
1 Steve Nash , PHX 13.2
2 Jose Calderon , TOR 9.4
3 Jeremy Lin , NYK 9.2
4 Rajon Rondo , BOS 9.0
5 Tony Parker , SAS 8.2
6 Ramon Sessions , CLE 8.1
6 John Wall , WAS 8.1
8 Chris Paul , LAC 7.8
9 Ricky Rubio , MIN 7.6
10 Greivis Vasquez , NOH 7.4
11 Stephen Curry , GSW 7.2
12 Kyle Lowry , HOU 7.1
13 Deron Williams , NJN 7.0
14 LeBron James , MIA 6.4
14 Derrick Rose , CHI 6.4
16 D.J. Augustin , CHA 6.2
17 Mike Conley , MEM 6.1
18 Andre Iguodala , PHI 6.0
19 Andre Miller , DEN 5.9
20 Jason Kidd , DAL 5.7
Efficiency Leaders (Guards) EFF
1 Tony Parker , SAS 24.4
2 Dwyane Wade , MIA 24.2
3 Jeremy Lin , NYK 23.7
4 Russell Westbrook , OKC 23.4
5 Deron Williams , NJN 23
6 Steve Nash , PHX 22.1
7 John Wall , WAS 21.9
8 Stephen Curry , GSW 21.7
9 Monta Ellis , GSW 21.4
10 Derrick Rose , CHI 21.2
Points/Rebounds/Assists (Guards) TOTAL
1 Jeremy Lin , NYK 379
2 Russell Westbrook , OKC 370
3 Deron Williams , NJN 368
4 Tony Parker , SAS 366
5 Kobe Bryant , LAL 360
6 Derrick Rose , CHI 334
7 Monta Ellis , GSW 332
8 Dwyane Wade , MIA 322
9 John Wall , WAS 316
10 Chris Paul , LAC 300

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Third Straight Win, Double-Double, and A Monster Dunk

Jeremy Lin earned his first NBA career double-double, who scored 23 points and had 10 assists in the third straight Knicks victory coming against the Washington Wizards. Lin dueled against John Wall, the point guard for the Wizards and #1 overall pick of the 2010 draft. Reminiscent of their matchup during a Summer League game in 2010, Wall came up with more points (29 in tonight’s game), while Lin’s points were far more efficient (9-14 FGs), gaining national attention and fanfare during both games. Lin capped off his strong performance with an uncontended one-handed dunk in the 3rd quarter to the amazement of both fans and players alike.

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