New York Knick basketball player Jeremy Lin’s story is so good and so much like a Hollywood script it is hard to believe it is true. Indeed, it shows yet again that
lucky coaches entrepreneurs can exploit market inefficiencies caused by imperfect/unclear information or discrimination (anti-Harvard, anti-Asian, etc). And I’m as excited about the new breakout NBA star as anyone.
But basketball watchers will know that you can’t get it done as a point guard with 9 turnovers like he had last night. It just gives too many potential scoring opportunities away. Indeed, his high turnover per minute (he’s dead last in the league among PGs) and low assist/turnover ratio (he’s 61st in the league among PGs) make people like me who want this guy to succeed worry.* I hope that as Lin gets used to the pace and talent of NBA play that he’ll improve in the turnover area – but not so much as to represent a threat to my Celtics (who already have a bigger problem – age!). Just kidding. It would be great to see Lin become a top point guard in the league.
* Though I’m not hearing too many complaints about Russell Westbrook despite his own problems in this regard. Perhaps this is b/c he plays in Oklahoma?