Jeremy Lin is poised to have another breakout season this year after moving to the Brooklyn Nets, following a successful stint with the Charlotte Hornets.
Lin signed a three-year deal worth $36 million contract with the Nets this summer. But more than the financial aspects of the deal, the former Harvard University standout moved to Brooklyn to get a starting role, ESPN reported.
Had he decided to stay put in Charlotte, he will continue playing as backup to Kemba Walker. In Brooklyn, where he will play under new Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, he will be the starting point guard. Will this be enough for him to become a first-time All-Star this season?
Jeremy Lin Eyeing To Silence Critics
Lin made a name for himself when he broke out in 2012 while playing for the New York Knicks. But after that Linsanity moment in New York, the California native has been relatively quiet, with some critics calling his Knicks success a fluke.
But in his return to New York with the Nets, Lin will have a chance to prove his doubters wrong. Nets coach Atkinson believes Lin is poised to have a solid season this year.
“This is a totally different role for Jeremy,” Atkinson said on SiriusXM NBA. “I think part of the reason he came to Brooklyn is to see, to prove to everybody that he can be a starting point guard in this league.”
Earlier this week, Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony also had nothing but kind words to his former teammate. Anthony said that he expects Lin to shine, calling the 28-year-old as the face of the Nets franchise.
“He came up, they paid him and now the ball is in his hands. So now he’s one of the franchise players over there,” Anthony said via Newsday. “What do you want me to say about that? I’m happy for him, excited for him to see how it’s going to work out.”
But will Lin become an All-Star this season? There is a good chance if he will get enough votes to become a starter. But if not, he will need to have drastic improvements to give Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, John Wall, Kemba Walker and Rajon Rondo a run for their money in the Eastern Conference.