I think Lin has a reputation as a bad defender. He is guilty of over-helping sometimes, and he doesn't wow you with his defensive energy the way Beverley does. We have all seen guys like Westbrook and Jennings go off for 30 points on him, but is he really a bad defender? To me he seems like someone who watches a lot of tape and plays very smart defense, you rarely see him bite on fakes and you rarely see his man blow right past him one on one. Overall, I think the positives in his defense outweigh the negatives. Here's a cool fact I came across:
Lin is actually ranked third in defensive plays--the combination of steals, blocks and drawn charges per game--among point guards (2.76 per game), just behind L.A. Clippers superstar Chris Paul, the league leader in steals, and Mike Conley
But that still doesn't mean he's a good defender. I tried to find some youtube videos and found this (starts at the 4 minute mark):
But obviously you can't make you decision based on highlights. So lets have a discussion, I'm interested in hearing everyone's opinion. Is Jeremy Lin a good defender or not?
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