Jason Terry: Jeremy Lin’s Success Due to System

February 19, 2012 – 11:43 pm by Ryan Phillips

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry apparently hasn’t bought in to “Linsanity” and thinks New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin’s success is simply a result of head coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system.

When asked how much Lin’s incredible success has been due to D’Antoni’s up-tempo, point guard-centric attack, Terry said, “To me, it’s 100 percent what it is.” Then he stopped himself and said, “Ninety-five percent.”

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Terry didn’t mean it in a rude way, he was just honestly expressing his feelings on the subject. He seems to just be skeptical that Lin was really as good as the hype he has received.

Well, Terry that before Lin scored 28 points, dished out 14 assists and had five steals in New York’s 104-97 win over the Mavericks on Sunday. But even after the game, the veteran guard wasn’t moved.

He had the following to say after Sunday’s contest:

“If you play 46 minutes (a game) in this league, you have an opportunity to put up some nice numbers. Again, it is what it is. He’ll have to maintain this pace. It’s going to be tough. Ask anybody: give them an opportunity, put the ball in their hands, 20-plus shots and you better do something.”

There is something to Terry’s claims, but the fact of the matter is, while Lin fell into a perfect situation with the Knicks, he has taken that chance and run with it. I get what Terry is trying to say, and there is some truth to it, but that doesn’t completely explain what Lin is doing.

Jeremy Lin’s run of incredible success may be an anomaly, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been really good for the NBA. In fact, I hope it continues because it really has been fun to watch.

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  1. 7 Responses to “Jason Terry: Jeremy Lin’s Success Due to System”

  2. jason terry is just jealous…

    By Anonymous on Feb 20, 2012

  3. i hear a sour grape

    By Anonymous on Feb 20, 2012

  4. Stop hatin Terry! The kid (Lin) is legit! Nobody else who was given a chance in NY was doing what Lin is doing.

    By LT on Feb 20, 2012

  5. all i can say about Jason Terry’s comment is “D’uh”! this is not the first time that a team with a certain need finds a player with a certain skill set to the benefit of all. his latter comment overlooks an important point; in order to play 46 minutes, a player has to be effective or he’s going to find himself on the bench regardless of whether the team has an adequate replacement. So Jeremy has to be doing some good things out there in order to earn those minutes.

    By carlyd0702 on Feb 20, 2012

  6. Actually what Jason is saying is true to a degree..However basketball in its purest form is about team and making everyone better..
    Just compare Lins numbers against any point guard and it can be seen that this is no fluke..
    1. Can create his own shot around the basket and has a great mid range game. 2. finds wide open shooters on the 3point line frequently. 3. Chandler, Fields and Novak are all showing higher numbers since Lin was inserted into the lineup..4. Lin has hit his 3 pointers at a very high level not to mention his overall50+% fg.

    Winning basketball isnt about getting yours, and contested shots. Lin has america on his side cause he excels on all the important aspects of basketball while always deferring to his teammates.
    If your a coach what would you rather see – a alley op or a wide open jumper created off penetration or a desperation shot thrown up at the end of the shot clock?

    By Patrick on Feb 20, 2012

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