Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip."
Today's Burning Question: Jeremy Lin has 36 turnovers in his first six starts. Are you worried?
Sure, all he does is win. But Jeremy Lin also turns the ball over. A lot.
Lin has had at least six turnovers in his last four games and has 36 in his first six starts.
The four-game streak of at least six turnovers is tied for the second-longest in the NBA over the past five seasons.
One reason for the high turnover count? Lin has the ball in his hands an awful lot.
He ranks fourth in the league in usage rate -- a measure of possessions a player uses per 40 minutes. Nearly 15 percent of his possessions end in turnovers -- the 10th highest percentage among point guards.
Pointing this out is not to ignore the brilliance of Lin's play. On Wednesday night, Lin handed out a career-high 13 assists, showing the Knicks and the rest of the NBA that he can be effective as a pure point guard.
The Knicks, of course, are 7-0 since he began playing major minutes and have climbed all the way back to .500, thanks largely to the former Harvard guard.
Still, Mike D'Antoni noted Lin's high turnover rate has become an issue to monitor. He chalked some of the turnovers up to Lin's high usage rate and said others could be attributed to the screener on the pick and roll not rolling off of the screen properly.
"He attacks so much, you know that you're going to make some mistakes," the coach said. "Hopefully, as the year goes on we can lower it a lot."
Which brings us to our question:
Are you concerned over Lin's high number of turnovers? Do you not care because the Knicks are winning? What can he do to curtail the turnovers?
Let us know in the comments section below.
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