Jeremy Lin signed with the Charlotte Hornets in the 2015 offseason in a move that intrigued basketball observers and fans as he was joining a team already loaded at the guard spots.
However, with his excellent play off the bench in the current 2015-2016 NBA Season, Lin proved that decision was good for his career and also good for the Hornets, who are battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Lin is enjoying respectable numbers in Charlotte but most importantly, the Asian-American guard has helped the Hornets to be in contention for a postseason slot. The Hornets are currently in ninth place in the East with 23 wins against 25 losses.
Lin, who averages 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 27.3 minutes per game, has come off the bench for the Hornets in 35 of 45 games so far this season.
With his reserve role, Lin is a candidate for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award and one of its front-runners as the mid-season rolls in the NBA.
To be eligible to win the award, an NBA player must come off the bench in more games than they have started and Lin is on pace to be one of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year candidates. Over a hundred sportswriters and broadcasters will cast their votes for the award at the end of the season.
Who are the other candidates for the NBA’s 2015-2016 Sixth Man of the Year?
Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic, guard) – 13.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 22 of 42 games started
Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans, forward) – 17.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 6 of 44 games started
Will Barton (Denver Nuggets, forward) – 15.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 1 of 44 games started
Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder, center) – 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in 0 of 49 games started
Oladipo has better overall stats than Lin but the Magic guard has started in recent months. Should Oladipo continue to start, he would be ineligible for the award.
Lin’s greatest rivals, at least statistically, for the sixth man award would be Anderson and Barton, both of whom also have better stats than Lin. However, their teams, the Pelicans and Nuggets, respectively are struggling this season and the voters could lean towards Lin if the Hornets make the postseason.
There’s also Kanter, who plays a vital role off the bench for title-contenders Thunder and he could be Lin’s biggest threat for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
Can Lin continue his good play and outperform his rivals by end of the season?
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