Lin Part of an Overrepresented Demographic
February 17, 2012 2 Comments
With all the attention being paid to Jeremy Lin‘s incredible run, am I the only one thinking: What? Another point guard in the news?
Has the NBA ever been this full of attention-getting floor generals?
Reigning MVP Derrick Rose and assist leader Steve Nash make this the first season in NBA history to feature two point guards who own MVP trophies (unless you count the 34 minutes played in 1969-70 by Bob Cousy, who came out of retirement to team up with Oscar Robertson, whom he was coaching).
The biggest news in recent NBA trades had Deron Williams and Chris Paul finding new homes. And the Paul move brought along Chauncey Billips, who was–until then–a point guard (the only one ever to lead a team without a superstar to a modern NBA title).
All-star Russell Westbrook leads all PGs in scoring. Tony Parker, also an all-star, is still going strong with the Spurs. And most observers feel Rajon Rondo has eclipsed his Big Three teammates to become the most important figure on the Celtics.
The top draft pick from last year’s draft was PG Kyrie Irving and this year’s other big debut was Ricky Rubio‘s long-anticipated arrival from Europe. Last year’s top pick? PG John Wall.
The year before that saw flashy Brandon Jennings enter the league after stirring controversy by waiting for his NBA eligibility on an Italian team, rather than playing for a U.S. college. He finished third in the rookie of the year voting, behind PGs Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry.
And when the current crop of players are all retired, it may be that the most admired active point guard will be a guy I haven’t even mentioned yet: Jason Kidd.
A seeming exception to the trend are the Lakers, whose point guard may be their least-noticed starter. And during the months-long lockout that delayed the start of the season, which player did we see the most of? Of course, it was the head of the players’ association: Laker point guard Derek Fisher.
Publisher’s note: Todd had already submitted this post hours before LeBron James was reported as stating yesterday that the NBA is “transforming into a point guard league.” Jeremy Lin was unavailable for comment.