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I’ve been getting a lot of negative responses lately by Jeremy Lin lovers for calling him overrated and saying that at times he deserves to be benched. In the Houston Rockets loss to the Dallas Mavericks Lin was benched the entire fourth quarter for backup Patrick Beverley. Lin fans are not only killing me, they’re attacking Kevin McHale’s coaching decisions.
I wanted to do a post for the Lin fans and for Rockets fans in general to show you guys how close Lin and Beverley actually are statistically. You may be surprised to see the difference isn’t that big.
In PER 48 minutes Lin is averaging 18.9 points, 9.1 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 4.3 turnovers. He’s shooting 43% from the field, 32% from deep and 78% from the line.
Using the same stat, in PER 48 minutes Beverley is averaging 16.7 points, 9.2 assists, 7.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 3.2 turnovers. He’s shooting 43% from the field, 42% from deep and 76% from the line.
Looking at that stat line should quiet any Lin fan that questioned my stance between this point guard duo. Lin is one of the most popular players in the NBA in the world. Most people who read this probably don’t even know who Beverley is, yet they put up basically the same numbers every 48 minutes. And if you were to argue who has been better, based on these stats you would have to say Beverley, as he beats Lin in every statistical category except for scoring, although they are all close.
This is not hate towards Lin. I don’t care what anybody says I am a Lin fan, but like I’ve said many times before I’m also realistic. If I was to write on here Lin was terrible or that Lin is the best that would be a complete lie and ignorant lie by me. My job is to tell my opinion, the truth and to state facts.
I think Jeremy Lin along with Beverley both have a lot of upside and potential that could take them a long way in this league. I’m a huge Rockets fan and I am in no way rooting against Lin like some of you are lead to believe. I hope he becomes the man you guys already think he is. I just don’t think that is going to happen, but what’s wrong with just being a good baller?
I think Lin and Beverley is a good combination at point guard. I also think that whoever is having the better night should play. McHale will not allow Lin to play based on just his popularity alone. He will have to earn it. That last game proved it.