Jeremy Lin stats: He is having a career renaissance with Charlotte Hornets. But his role is still that of a back-up to Kemba Walker, the Hornets’ starting point guard. The 3-16 Los Angeles Lakers, desperate for a reliable ball-handler in their second unit, could have used someone like Lin at this juncture.
The Lakers’ frontcourt of backcourt of Jordan Clarkson and rookie D’Angelo Russell has shown signs of progress. But their second unit invariably struggles to sustain momentum. Not to mention Russell, selected with the precious No 2 overall pick, doesn’t appear like a successful choice. The Lakers brought in Brazilian veteran Marcelo Huertas as a back-up to Russell and Clarkson. But Huertas has been nothing more than a turnover machine who has lost the trust of coach Byron Scott.
Lou Williams, predominantly a scoring guard, hasn’t thrived as a ball-handler. The Lakers are strapped for options at that position and could have used someone like Lin, a high IQ player that makes teammates more efficient with his crisp passing and ball-handling. Seeing as the Hornets secured Lin’s services with a bare minimum two-year contract of $4 million, the Lakers could have easily retained the point guard in the offseason. In fact, they never used up all of their cap space.
Why The Hornets Are 11-8
Despite averaging only 22 minutes per game for his 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists, Jeremy Lin is putting up solid numbers as the primary point guard on the floor. As the following numbers indicate, Lin is +3.2 without Walker on the floor.
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It’s due to these numbers that Hornets coach Steve Clifford has kept Lin on the floor during clutch situations. In fact, Lin has played most fourth quarters through the 11 victories.
Jeremy Lin And His Commercial Value
Also, the Lakers organization benefitted from a commercial standpoint during Lin’s one-year stint. Despite Kobe Bryant sitting out most of last season with injuries, Lakers secured healthy merchandise and ticket sales thanks largely to Lin’s presence in The Big Orange.
Lin’s fanbase is comparable to many of the top superstars in the league Ask the Hornets organization that has seen a meteoric rise in commercial interest since Lin’s arrival. Michael Jordan, a shrewd businessman, wanted Lin for more than just his on-court abilities. Jordan knew that having Lin around would arouse media and commercial interest. And Jeremy Lin has certainly lived up to expectations.