Looking at midseason awards, everybody has Jeremy Lin as the most improved player. Anybody else have a problem with this?
In general, someone should improve when given more minutes (minus Wes, Darko). Before Lin became Linsanity, I predicted he could be a serviceable PG who can knock down a shot but have trouble on the defensive end. He definitely benefits from D'Antoni's system and especially playing an easy stretch against tired legs will make you look good. Playing in New York will get you the hype and the calls <cough> Twolves vs Knicks <cough>. Then all of a sudden he hits a wall against the Heat and the stupid announcers baby him. "He's mentally and physically exhausted" - Charles Barkley. Hey dummie, everyone is mentally and physically exhausted. Here's another reason that isn't valid: "Well he came from the D-League, got cut by the Warriors, Rockets and now he is an international star!" Who plays PG for those teams? I'd pick Ellis, Curry over Lin and Lowry, Dragic over Lin. The situation in New York was perfect for him and he ran with it. The same thing happened to Rubio. Rubio sucked playing in Barca but we were projecting his ceiling as Jason Kidd. He comes into Adelman's system and succeeds against all the negative predictions on how he can't shoot, how he can't defend, etc... Both are great players who didn't improve vastly from what they were capable of but instead benefited from their teams system and circumstance. I don't like Lin as the most improved player and I am Asian. I should be rooting for him BUT there are others that are more deserving.
Players more deserving of the award: Pekovic (homer vote), Ryan Anderson, Kyle Lowry, or Paul George.