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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reggie Miller still not sold on Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin still has a lot of work to do if he wants to prove he is one of the best point guards in the NBA. While his run has been sensational, Lin has only played at a high level for a nine-game stretch. There’s no doubt he’s an NBA talent, but can he continue to score more than 20 a game and rack up double-doubles? Reggie Miller still needs to see more.

“As big as they’re building him up, they’ll tear him back down,” Miller said according to the L.A. Times. “It’s one thing to do this against New Jersey, Toronto, Washington, Utah, the Hornets, and every point guard kills the Lakers, but after these bottom dwellers, I want to see him against (Derrick) Rose, (Rajon) Rondo, Paul, Tony Parker. I want to see more body of work, versus upper-echelon players.”

Miller also voiced an opinion that is shared by many others around the league: that New York will have to wait and see how Carmelo Anthony and Lin can coexist on the floor. Lin has faced some good guards in Deron Williams, John Wall, and Ricky Rubio, but Miller has a point about waiting until he goes up against the league’s best.

The overlooked issue with Lin has been turnovers. He has turned the ball over at least six times in each of the Knicks’ last six games. His inability to limit turnovers hasn’t cost the team yet, but it could against the league’s premier guards and better defenders. As much of an inspirational story as Lin has become, he still has plenty to prove.

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