Jeremy Lin of the Charlotte Hornets had a very good performance from October to January in the 2015-2016 regular season but his stats has dipped this February and now losing grip in being one of the contenders for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.
Except for an excellent performance, 24 points and 8 assists, in a 106-97 win over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lin has performed poorly and not worthy of a mention for a candidate for the sixth man of the year award.
In six games, not counting his stats vs. the Cavs and missing the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 29 due to injury, Jeremy Lin has averaged 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 turnovers.
The good news for the Hornets is that they went 4-3 in last seven games despite Lin’s struggle on court. The Hornets improved to 26 wins against 26 losses for the season after recent back-to-back wins and are still in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
The 27-year-old Lin was averaging over 13 points per game in December and January, as he became the Hornets’ most important offensive player coming off the bench in this stretch.
However, his late January and February numbers are down, which means he is not among the front runners anymore in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year race.
Meanwhile, while Lin’s play has been poor, his rival for the sixth man award has continued their good performance.
Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder is averaging 13.0 points and 8.3 rebounds. Kanter also posted a pair of 20-10 games in late January, 22 points and 10 rebounds against the Houston Rockets and 23 points and 10 rebounds against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jeremy Lin still has a chance to win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award but the Asian-American guard has to pick up his play in the second half of the season to remain among the contenders for the award.
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