Point guard fundamentals of Jeremy Lin

Posted to Infographics  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

You knew this was coming, right? The New York Times describes the point guard fundamentals — dribble penetration, ball screen, and isolation — of Jeremy Lin in this animated Linfographic. For each play, the players of interest are outlined, and the frame shifts so that you can see where the players have been, relative to where they currently are. It’s a simple concept executed well.

I’m familiar with this stuff already, but I imagine this being pretty useful for people just tuning into the game, due to their sudden case of Linsanity. Today’s game against Dallas is gonna be a hot ticket.

[New York Times]


  • The two most important questions about Lin aren’t answered here. The first–why did it take this long for someone to recognize Lin’s talent– others have tackled to a degree. The second–what is Lin doing that other point guards don’t–is one that no one has. The Times argues that Lin has transformed the Knicks through his fundamentals. No–his turnover rate is far too high to make that claim. He IS doing something though. I wish this visualization could get at THAT.

    • Praying hard … (and that’s not an engrish pun).

      (I hope this makes it through this time. Surely there’s room for faith talk on a viz data blog)

  • The title of the NYTimes’ story is “In Lin, Knicks Find a Textbook Point Guard”. I guess the reason for such black & white, frame-by-frame design is to match the keyword, “Textbook” in the title.

  • I guess that Jeremy Lim`s train ,thinking ,strategies and performance in NBA is to folllow the methods of how he graduated from Harvard university. Thinking diagram in NB A and in Harvard are the same . That is what we should learn from the event of Linsanity.


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