No doubt this past season was a rough one for Jeremy Lin. Though he had a lot of downs and despite struggling most of the year, he did make progress in his second full year. Lin, for some reason, is a polarizing player and because of that, some of the details get lost in discussion.
Good thing that NBA.com did a fantastic job detailing the highs and lows of Lin’s Sophomore season. recapping Lin’s 2013-14 NBA season.
No question that Lin has always had a knack for getting to the basket, but Lin took the biggest step in what many consider his second biggest weakness (after turnovers): outside shooting. Read how Lin not only progressed outside of the paint and thrived when in a important stat: True Shooting Percentage:
Lin’s biggest strides came as a shooter as he established career highs in both 3-point percentage (.358) and true shooting percentage (.572). In fact, the Ivy League product’s true shooting figure was 10th among all point guards this season, eclipsing the marks posted by All-Stars Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving. Lin also ranked well above average as a catch-and-shoot threat, knocking down better than 40 percent of his catch-and-shoot opportunities from beyond the arc. And not only did Lin improve upon his 3-point accuracy for the fourth consecutive year, he did the same with regard to his finishing touch around the rim where he managed to knock down more than 62 percent of his shots taken from that area this season – this after connecting at a rate of 58.1 and 48.7 percent, respectively, during the prior two seasons.