More “Lin”sights

In the last entry, we set up the comparative group (Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, and John Wall) for Jeremy Lin .  Now let’s look at the “boxscore”

Across the board Lin’s numbers are impressive when compared to these athletes. It is a steep hill to climb in order to compete them, but the collected data is hard to ignore.  Are the numbers important?  First, let’s focus on the speed component.


Is speed a factor for success at the point guard position? It is not detrimental. With regards to speed I have never heard anyone say an athlete is to fast.  Time and time again speed and acceleration are proven components of athletic success. It is visible on the court when Derrick Rose blows by a defender. Standardized testing verifies these elements and validates what the eye sees. It allows us to compare, thus enhancing both physical development and talent identification.

The speed protocol that BAM provides for both the NBA and Portsmouth is the ¾ court sprint (75 ft.). Additionally, with our timing gates, split times (data points) are captured, providing more detailed information.

The table below contain two scores. The BAM Total score is a cumulative score for speed, power, and agility. This score quantifies overall athletic intelligence. Highlighting both strengths and weaknesses for each athlete (more in future blogs). The ¾ court sprint is a standardized score for the sprint alone. On test day, the compared athletes had scores ranging from the 70 to the 82.

 *BAM did not attend the 2008 combine. Data is derived from a three year correlative study


With the added data points we can measure acceleration components, which we will label start speed and top end speed (both are useful for physical development and evaluation). Far be it from me to influence anyone about which one is more significant to basketball, but again the data reveals interesting info. (See graph-MPH).

As a reference point we have included Usain Bolt’s world record splits (10 meter start, accounting for reaction time at the start, 20 meter top end ) and his average speed over 100 meters.

His speed analysis puts him at a high comparative level. Although just one component, this information, if combined with the expert’s eye would make for a compelling evaluation. This begs the question are there more Jeremy Lins out there?

Next installment we will look at our Athletic Intelligence – the BAM SCORE and how this provides more insight.