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Vernon Macklin the next Jeremy Lin?

Tom Haberstroh of ESPN identified five candidates to become this season’s Jeremy Lin, including Vernon Macklin:

Plain and simple: Florida Gators big men are sneaky good. Macklin could become the next player in a long line of forwards from the University of Florida who flew under the NBA radar coming out of college. Chandler Parsons, Udonis Haslem, David Lee and Matt Bonner were all drafted late in the first round, picked in the second round or not selected at all, but had no trouble making an impact in the league.

Macklin could be next. After being drafted 52nd by the Pistons in 2011, the 6-foot-10 Macklin has dominated the D-League in his short time there, averaging 14.5 points and 14.3 rebounds in his 10 games while shooting 52.7 percent from the field.

There’s some evidence that his D-League numbers are not entirely a fluke. Macklin posted an 18.2 PER in 135 (garbage) minutes last season. His per-36 minute averages: 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds. Like Lin, Macklin excelled in the D-League and played efficiently in his cup of coffee in the NBA last season. Question is: Will someone give Macklin a shot like the Knicks did for Lin?

By signing with a Turkish team, Macklin probably won’t become this season’s Jeremy Lin. But if Macklin ever makes a sizable impact for an NBA team other than the Pistons, I’d think we can all agree that would be a pretty big punch in the gut.


  • Aug 20, 201211:07 am
    by vic


    he definitely could be. I was disappointed that he didn’t get a real chance. But to be honest, we didn’t need him when we signed Vyacheslav. Greg Monroe and Drummond are the future at 4 and 5.
    If Vyacheslav doesn’t work out, I say we should bring him back next year. 

  • Aug 20, 201212:46 pm
    by DoctorDaveT


    from Vernon’s perspective:
    He did all he was asked of him; he excelled when he got his chance (D League & Garbage minutes); and yet the Pistons couldn’t find room for him.
    Why would he want to come back?

  • Aug 20, 201212:55 pm
    by Desolation Row


    If this guy takes off Lin-style, I think it’s safe to say CV will have solidified himself as the most deservedly hated player in Detroit sports history.

  • Aug 20, 20122:01 pm
    by JT's Hoops Blog


    Calling him the next Jeremy Lin is a little too much.  After all, Jeremy Lin was a true underdog story–an Asian kid out of Harvard who was sleeping on his brother’s coach and became an icon.  I don’t see Macklin becoming iconic as that.  Also, not to burst your bubble, but there have been numerous players whom have dominated the D-League, however have not had that transfer to the NBA game.  I’m just sayin . . .

  • Aug 20, 20124:12 pm
    by bugsygod


    if this guy turns out to be as good as Amir johnson, i still WONT feel a punch in the gut.  He’s gonna be 27 at the end of the euro season, with not much upside.  AT BEST, AT BEST he is a 5th big man on a non playoff team. 

  • Aug 20, 201210:44 pm
    by Talan


    I loved that alley-oop play they would always run with Walker D Russell and Macklin last year. It caught me by surprise the first time, but they always ran it with pretty good success. 

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