Jeremy Lin back in contention for NBA’s Sixth Man award?

Jeremy Lin back in contention for NBA’s Sixth Man award?

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.

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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?

Photo courtesy: Instagram/jlin7

  • Tuan Nguyen

    You forgot one more rule which is the team must be in playoff; so will barton and ryan anderson are off the list of contender.

  • thebigb0ss

    Based on the trend of how nba “writers” think, along the lines of the average NBA fan and the coaches Lin has had the unfortunate task of playing for…i dont see Lin getting the 6th man award (not because he doesnt deserve it…i feel lin should get the 6th man based on his importance to the team and the #s he puts up), but because i feel the majority of the NBA (fans, coaches, professionals and writers) still doubt lin for some unknown reason (i think its his ethnicity)…..he continues to play a back up position, when PGs like pat beverly, ronnie price, ricky rubio, michael carter williams put up horrendous #s as a starting PG.

    And when professional teams draft PGs like willie warren and armon johnson over lin or getting cut in favor of jonny flynn……NBA is still light years behind when it comes to accepting an asian american PG as more then your “average” player.

    • Tuan Nguyen

      I agreed with you 100%. I just don’t understand how the hell Ricky Rubio got $15 millions per year and this guy stayed at Minnisota for 5 years already and the team had not reach playoff one year and the team always one of the worst nba team every year. If I am an owner of Minnesota team, I will bring Jeremy lin over and bulld a team around him to play for winning game. Forget Rubio.

      • thebigb0ss

        thats racial bias. Even though Rubio himself is from Spain….Europeans (imports) get the same type of respect as most NBA players that are home grown (either caucasian or black). Lin…continues to have to prove himself, when a 37% career FG% gets 15 million because he has flashy passes on the internet

    • Tuan Nguyen

      Those names you mentioned were long gone from NBA. They are playing for D-League, CBA, Series A… I am glad Lin is still here.

      • thebigb0ss

        Thats my point….there should have been absolutely no reason for a team drafting a PG (whether its to back up, etc) should have been taken those 2 over Lin (lin was a top 10 finalist for the bob cousey award and among 30 mid season finalists for the john wooden award in his senior year) not to mention putting up big time #s against Uconn (nationally ranked at that time).

        The bottom line, even with statistics and team success in both HS, College and the Knicks…..the league continues to “doubt” or find “excuses” to marginalize lin’s ability to run a team.

  • ForTheLin

    One of the problems with statistics is that they do not bear out the importance of the player to the team, nor do they address how well a player plays in important games or critical moments, nor do they demonstrate how a player leads and elevates a mediocre team. In all of these categories, Lin has shown time and again his ability and his value. Every team he has played significant minutes for has improved(except the Lakers, who everyone knows is trying to tank), only to sink after he left. There is a definite bias in the NBA against Lin.

    • thebigb0ss

      The problem with people saying there is a problem with statistics is that everything else you just mentioned will have a bias (whether you are for or against lin). See, as we are both lin fans, we know exactly how well lin responds to pressure and the ability to make big time shots…but when it comes to debating, the critics will disagree….so, the best way to put these ignorant doubters in their place, is to use statistics.

      When people ask why i think Lin is a top 10 PG in the NBA…..i cant use what we know (in terms of all the examples you mentioned…because naysayers will just say we are bias)….so I use something called the PER. The only season when Lin was allowed to actually play his game was under Mike D’antoni…..during that season, Lin ranked top 10 in the PER among PGs who averaged over 27 minutes a game.

      Imagine if you asked a PG like Tony Parker or john stockton to play SG for 4 seasons after his run as a successful PG….or as a Center like dwight howard to continue to shoot from 10 feet out? Why is lin expected to change his game from a player who needs the ball in his hands, to a 2 guard who is expected to be a spot up shooter?

      Its crazy…and the writers and coaches are ridiculous to put a top tier PG and expect him to be an off guard (they pretend to make lin an off guard but after seeing him play in houston and most of this season on the hornets….lin is asked to continue to stand by the corner of the 3 point land for most of his minutes when he shares the floor with a ball dominant guard). ITs basketball 101….

  • Ozzy

    Kanter deserves it this year because his stats are better than other contenders.

  • Ozzy

    Enes Kanter