Maybe not ahead of Deron, but absolutely over the others.
He sees the floor well, but his passing skill isn't on the level of his vision.
I think his passing skills are elite. Look at how well he threads the needle or gets the ball in the exact right spot. There was a play tonight where Asik was on the post and spun towards baseline and Lin dropped it just over the defender perfectly for Asik to get the lay up on the other side. That stuff is what makes Lin an elite passer.
His vision and passing skills are elite...his decision making sometimes could be better and he needs to work on getting HIMSELF in better position.
16 points on 7/9 shooting tonight. Could have had more than 10 assists if of the lay-ups went in for his teammates. 4 boards and 3 steals to add. Only 3 TO's.
Based on the games I've seen, he's trying to be a facilitator first than a scorer. More importantly, he's really trying to control his game instead speeding outta control like he was last year.
D'Antoni's system encourages that crazy uptempo style. His system also spreads the floor with shooters everywhere which opens up lanes especially on the wings in transition. Lin isn't a great slasher so without that spacing its much harder to do what he was doing as a Knick.
I agree that he's trying to control his game though. I think he's understanding his role more and more as the season is progressing.