The Brooklyn Nets are counting on Jeremy Lin to save them from NBA mediocrity. He has already proven he can carry the team on his back.
Lin has averaged 16.3 points and 4.3 assists for the Nets in three preseason games. His stat line is particularly noteworthy since he only played 22 minutes per game.
If Lin keeps this up, basketball fans may soon witness the second coming of Linsanity. Nets general manager Sean Marks would breathe a sigh of relief knowing his free agency gamble paid off big time.
The Nets can only go as far as Lin takes them. His scoring and passing abilities will dictate the team’s success moving forward.
According to Nothin But Nets, Lin is an unselfish player. He is willing to pass the ball to open teammates. His team-first attitude and playmaking skills will make players like Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic even better.
Lin wasn’t his usual self while playing for the Charlotte Hornets last season. Hornets head coach Steve Clifford was a defensive specialist who expect his point guards to defend tirelessly before bringing the ball up the court.
Fortunately for Lin, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson is an offensive-minded guru who believes team chemistry and ball movement win NBA games. Atkinson sees Lin as the de facto leader of the Nets.
“This is a totally different role for Jeremy. I think part of the reason he came to Brooklyn is to prove to everybody that he can be a starting point guard in this league,” Atkinson explained on SiriusXM NBA. “He was fourth or fifth fiddle [in Houston and Charlotte]. This is a different role. This is a leadership role.”
Several NBA coaches have tried but failed to resurrect Linsanity. If there’s one person who could get the most out of Lin, it would be none other than Atkinson. He worked with Lin as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks before the 6-foot-3 dynamo broke the NBA landscape in 2012.