翻譯 : What Does Jeremy Lin's Story Tell Us About The NBA?
標籤： 林書豪，Jeremy Lin
2019-08-01 10:06:42 #115479
如果你跟我一樣追隨林書豪九年。為了他訂購NBA League Pass，確保自己無論到了哪裡都不會錯過一場他的球賽轉播，跟我一樣，為了他開始研究NBA進階數據，每場比賽不僅看現場，還要跟其他球迷討論，之後，還上遍各大網站論壇讀球賽分析。
林書豪的真實命中率、失誤比、防守勝利貢獻值都比Jeff Teague好。就算把林書豪在表現不佳的暴龍隊期間算進去，也一樣，更別提他在老鷹隊期間經過完整的訓練營準備，還有教練團的信任，表現更是遠勝在明尼蘇達待了完整球季的Jeff Teague。
作者：Howard Megdal （WNBA/MLB/NCAA專欄作家、編輯）
原文 : https://www.forbes.com/sites/howardmegdal/2019/07/31/what-does-jeremy-lins-story-tell-us-about-the-nba/?fbclid=IwAR1CFmY9jBosa7MiCmFGq_dWxQACvzgKGZl2IRPscptlsDMx0pBkQ-VQE2M#31bb2b6c66d0
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What Does Jeremy Lin’s Story Tell Us About The NBA ?
SHANGHAI, CHINA – JULY 29: NBA player Jeremy Lin of the Toronto Raptors attends the 2019 CBA Draft on July 29, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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He’s past 30, his production has suffered this past season, he lacks the explosiveness of his best campaigns and there are questions about his durability.
But hey, enough about Jeff Teague, we’re here to talk Jeremy Lin.
I kid, but seriously, there’s probably no better example of the kind of routine beneift of the doubt established players in the league typically receive, and Lin simply never has, than the difference between Teague’s current contract, a three-year, $57 million deal that included a fourth-year option at $19 million he opted into this summer, and Lin, who remains unsigned as the calendar turns to August tomorrow.
Lin’s true shooting percentage, his turnover rate, his defensive win shares were all superior to Teague’s in 2018-19. This was true including his difficult time in Toronto, but especially so comparing his role in Atlanta, where he had a training camp and full buy-in from the coaching staff, to Teague’s full season in Minnesota.
All of which is not to denigrate Teague, a clearly capable point guard who has a job in the NBA and should.
But Jeremy Lin, now 30, having done all that’s been asked of him at every stop, can be forgiven for wondering why he’s needed to prove himself, over and over and over again.
Lin’s honestly is refreshing. He’s spent the past several years with a greater understanding of the role he plays, the ways his openness publicly will help advance the cause of Asian-Americans in the NBA by seeing the challenges as well as the success. It’s also, at some level, unfair that Lin must carry these burdens with him while building a career. But he understands that is not his choice to make, it has been made for him, and so he has embraced it.
And that’s why this 30-year-old with a true shooting percentage north of 55%, with a proven track record as a distributor, got a multi-year contract on the free agent market to help a team in 2019-20 as a veteran point guard —
Wait, no, I’m sorry, that was Derrick Rose and his two-year, $15 million deal in Detroit.
It’s a simple construct for many fans of Lin: he doesn’t get the opportunities other players at his skill level and proven track record do at every turn, therefore it must be racism.
The answer is almost certainly more complicated than that. Teams who believed Lin could help them would sign him. The imperative to win is greater than almost anything else in the NBA.
But there’s a second-order question: why are NBA talent evaluators looking at Lin and NOT seeing what he brings to the table, from his undrafted status out of college through every single time he’s hit the market?
In a league where potential and performance are both rewarded, Lin’s ample supply of both have been minimized at every turn, the potential dismissed, the performance parsed for weaknesses alone.
At least there’s a happy ending: the guy with the strong regular season in 2018-19, but who was marginalized during his team’s Eastern Conference playoff run has finally found a home, a two-year, $7 million contract with the Indiana Pacers to bring his basketball IQ and mentoring ability to a roster in need of both. Congratulations to —
Oh, sorry. That was T.J. McConnell, whose true shooting percentage, assist percentage, turnover percentage, you name it were virtually identical to Jeremy Lin’s.
No wonder Jeremy Lin wonders. No wonder so many others do, too.
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