The New York Knicks have recalled centre Jerome Jordan and guard Jeremy Lin from their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. Whilst this isn’t exactly headline news, the struggling Knicks can use as much help as they can get from their two young prospects. With injuries taking their toll early in the season, the pair could certainly find themselves featuring heavily in the rotation in the coming weeks, and I’m going to take a look at exactly how they will do so.
With no timetable yet set for the return of Baron Davis—who participated in his first Knicks practice today—Jeremy Lin could see some rare minutes as the Knicks continue their search for a starting point guard. Whilst a starting role will be all but impossible to acquire, one would hope that Lin does get the chance to prove himself every once in a while, especially considering the erratic play of every other guard on the roster.
Lin’s D-League stint provided us with just one game’s worth of stats to take a look at, but the triple-double he recorded in that one game should turn a few heads. Like Jordan, Lin seems to have a little bit of everything in terms of the skill set for his respective position and the Knicks could do with some across-the-board consistency off the bench.
Lin’s one limitation—a skill that the two point guards (Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas) he’ll be competing with for minutes have—is his three-point shooting but, frankly, the Knicks have been leaning a tad more towards the “die” side of the “live and die by the three” phrase recently, and a different take on playing the guard position could be helpful.
Nobody but Mike D’Antoni (and maybe not even D’Antoni himself) has an idea of what the rotation is going to look like moving forward; D’Antoni doesn’t like to go very deep and he seems to prefer the likes of Jared Jeffries over promising youngsters and this may not bode well for Jordan and Lin. That said, if given a chance, the pair could have at least some impact on the outcome of the next few weeks, before the return of Baron Davis and Josh Harrellson.