I’m not trying to disrespect Jeremy Lin or his shooting coach, but whatever he has been told or what he has taught himself is what is keeping him in a shooting slump. He is shooting differently than he did with the New York Knicks and it’s not for the better. The Houston Rockets are 11 games in and he has yet to show any signs of coming back from his slump.
Jeremy Lin’s shooting abilities are so bad right now that his opponent does not guard him on the perimeter. He is being dared to shoot the ball and is slowly turning the opportunity down to drive to the hoop. Lin driving to the hoop is a good thing. It usually helps you gain confidence in your shot when you get a few easy buckets. But it’s just not happening for him.
His form is different from just a year ago. He looks like a beginner trying to learn how to shoot. He hesitates on every shot because he has zero confidence with it. His elbow dips out and isn’t aligned with the basket. His off-hand points towards the basket and he takes it off the ball too quickly. He needs to straighten out his elbow, point his off-hand towards the sky, flick his shooting wrist and allow his off-hand to help guide the ball towards the basket. He’s literally shooting similar to Shaq right now, which is completely awful.
Lin is definitely not at his best as a spot-up shooter. He gets his best looks coming off the dribble, which is fine for a point guard anyways. He needs to get back to that. Most of his shots are coming from him spotting up from the perimeter. He needs to rock his opponent to sleep and shot over the top of him. He needs to keep his opponent honest with his ability to drive or dish as well.
Jeremy Lin is not a volume scorer, but he did have a nice shot with a lot of potential in New York. Instead of taking a step forward this year he has taken a step back. As a Knick last season he shot 44% from the field and 32% from downtown. Those are very respectable numbers for a guy who was essentially a rookie. So far this season Lin is shooting just 34% from the field and 25% from three. He’s also averaging 4 less points a game.
I know it’s during the season already, but if he doesn’t start working on this now his shooting struggles will continue all season long. He needs to get in the gym with his shooting coach Doc Scheppler and figure out how to get back to his shooting stroke from the Linsanity days. Until that day fans will continue to be frustrated with his play.