July 17, 2012

Linsanity Is Alive And Well (Just Without The Insanity)

     I want to be outraged at the 3-year, $25 million contract the Houston Rockets offered to Jeremy Lin, the point guard who excited the entire nation last year as a member of the New York Knicks.  My first reaction was, "Seriously?  You're giving eight million a year who was only good for about a month?"

     But then I went to find stats to support that argument.  And all I could find was that the offer was actually about right.  Last year, Lin was 41st in PER, the best statistic we have to estimate overall performance.  And that included every player, even those who had double-digit minutes for the entire season.  So it's not a stretch at all to say Jeremy Lin is one of the 50 best players in the NBA.  Isn't a top-50 guy worth 8 million dollars a year?

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