Jeremy Lin has reintroduced himself as one of the reliable players off the bench in the past two games. But is it too late for the Asian-American guard to get back in contention for the 2016 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award?
Lin’s playing time in recent months has been affected both by roster movements from the Hornets and the decision of head coach Steve Clifford to bench him in the crucial moments or in the fourth quarter of games.
To be eligible to win the reserve role award, an NBA player must come off the bench in more games than they have started. To win the award he has to beat other Sixth Man of the Year award contenders:
Tristan Thompson (power forward/center, Cleveland Cavaliers) – started 31 of 70 games with averages of 7.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game
Will Barton (guard/forward, Denver Nuggets) – started 1 of 71 games with averages of 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.6 minutes per game.
Enes Kanter (center, Oklahoma City Thunder) – started 0 of 71 games with averages of 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game.
Ryan Anderson (forward, New Orleans Pelicans) – started 7 of 66 games with averages of 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 30.4 minutes per game.
Jeremy Lin (guard, Charlotte Hornets) – started 11 of 68 games with averages of 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.0 minutes per game
The previous three winners for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award are Lou Williams (Toronto Raptors), Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers) and J.R. Smith (New York Knicks) from the previous three seasons.
Can Jeremy Lin continue his great scoring run? Last Monday, he led the Hornets to a comeback win over one of the NBA’s best teams, San Antonio Spurs with 29 points. He followed it up with another good game against the lowly Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
Is it too late for Jeremy Lin to be considered as Sixth Man awardee? Or will the Hornets’ great record in March help his case in winning the award?
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