Jeremy Lin has been a solid option off the bench for the Charlotte Hornets this year. After spending much of the last few years without a reliable backup point guard, the Hornets have finally found just what they were looking for in Lin. It looks like some voters noticed Lin's play this year as well giving him a handful of votes for Sixth Man of The Year.
The winner of the this year's award was the Los Angeles Clippers Jamal Crawford, with Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors, Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets also receiving votes. What these names, aside from Iguodala, have in common is a tendency to come off the bench and put up points quickly for their second units.
While having the ability to gun and score points himself, Lin's role with the Hornets is more about providing a steady hand for the second unit that Charlotte didn't have in previous backup point guard options. His size and speed has also given the Hornets someone they can play at the two guard spot next to Kemba Walker which has made Lin one of Steve Clifford's first options off the bench on a nightly basis. Where Lin excelled best was running the offense, and keeping the second unit functional while key starters got rest. The Hornets lack players that can create for themselves, and Lin is one of the few that can not only create for himself, but for others as well.
When Lin has had opportunities to unleash his offense in a more typical sixth man role this season it's led to flashes of Linsanity with how quickly he can put up points. However, while Lin has the ability to chuck up the ball and score points that's just not his style which makes pulling in votes for the award a little difficult. If he stays around for next season, and continues to play well, he'll hopefully receive a little more national attention.