Jeremy Lin has been overlooked for years. But here's an ESPN Sports Science analysis of some of the traits that are suddenly turning heads.
First, Quickness. Lin has average top speed, but he is quick. In this play, within three strides, he can accelerate from essentially zero to roughly ten miles an hour in less than a second. That's acceleration on par with 2010 number one draft pick, John Wall.
Next, Penetration. To create lanes to the basket, Lin utilizes devastating crossovers, hesitations and spin moves that measure at nearly nine hundred degrees per second. That's almost as fast as spin speeds measured from NBA's reigning MVP, Derrick Rose.
Finally, Release. In this game winner against Toronto, Lin releases the three-pointer at roughly fifty degrees. That's within two degrees of the ideal launch angle. While his form is unorthodox, with a bit of right elbow flare, he does have a quick release, getting up threes on average in only six-tenths of a second. That's faster than the average release time of the greatest three-point shooter of all-time, Ray Allen.
Only time will tell if Jeremy Lin can continue to give opponents some serious L'indigestion. For ESPN Sports Science, I'm John Brenkus.