Jeremy Lin: Why He'll Win 2014-15 Most Improved Player

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Jul 24, 2014; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers Jeremy Lin is introduced to the media during a press conference at Toyota Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Lin revitalized his basketball career when the New York Knicks took a chance on him back in 2011-12, before the Houston Rockets snatched him away. After spending two underrated and productive seasons in Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to take a chance on Jeremy — and that risk is going to pay off tenfold, as Lin will win the 2014-15 NBA Most Improved Player award.

After taking the basketball world by storm for the Knicks — averaging 23.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 2.4 steals over an 11-game stretch — the Rockets thought they were getting a player who was going to be an All-Star. They were only half right, as they got a player with All-Star talent, but didn’t use him correctly.

Lin started all 82 games for the Rockets in 2012-13 and averaged 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. The list of players who could match that is pretty impressive. Take a look for yourself:

Totals Shooting Per Game
Rk Player Season Age Tm G FG% 2P% 3P% FT% PTS TRB AST STL WS
1 LeBron James 2012-13 28 MIA 76 .565 .602 .406 .753 26.8 8.0 7.3 1.7 19.3
2 Chris Paul 2012-13 27 LAC 70 .481 .538 .328 .885 16.9 3.7 9.7 2.4 13.9
3 Russell Westbrook 2012-13 24 OKC 82 .438 .466 .323 .800 23.2 5.2 7.4 1.8 11.6
4 Stephen Curry 2012-13 24 GSW 78 .451 .449 .453 .900 22.9 4.0 6.9 1.6 11.2
5 Brandon Jennings 2012-13 23 MIL 80 .399 .412 .375 .819 17.5 3.1 6.5 1.6 5.8
6 Goran Dragic 2012-13 26 PHO 77 .443 .497 .319 .748 14.7 3.1 7.4 1.6 5.7
7 Jeremy Lin 2012-13 24 HOU 82 .441 .483 .339 .785 13.4 3.0 6.1 1.6 5.4
8 Monta Ellis 2012-13 27 MIL 82 .416 .454 .287 .773 19.2 3.9 6.0 2.1 4.6
9 Jrue Holiday 2012-13 22 PHI 78 .431 .446 .368 .752 17.7 4.2 8.0 1.6 3.3
10 Rajon Rondo 2012-13 26 BOS 38 .484 .513 .240 .645 13.7 5.6 11.1 1.8 3.2
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/11/2014.

Unfortunately for Lin and the Rockets, they inexplicably took his starting spot away in 2013-14 and gave it to Patrick Beverley. All of that is the past now — Lin is in a perfect position to breakout and he will.

Let’s take a look at five reasons why Lin will win the Most Improved Player award as a member of the 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers.

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