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Jeremy Lin ‘a backup level point guard,’ says NBA analyst

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Jeremy Lin signing with the Brooklyn Nets won’t change the franchise’s chances in the upcoming 2016-2017 NBA Season. An NBA analyst says the Asian-American point guard will “bring some buzz” to Brooklyn but adds that Lin is still a “back-up level point guard”.

Shaun Powell of NBA.com has a strong negative opinion of Lin in his latest article, which tackled the Nets’ chances in the new NBA season and how Lin will fit into his role with the team.

“[Nets GM Sean Marks] did manage to get Lin for a reasonable price, and the one-time New York Knicks cult hero returns, albeit with a little less shine,” Powell wrote.

“Lin isn’t the talent who took the city and the Knicks by storm a few years ago. Since then, he has fallen into a backup-level point guard who occasionally delivers starter-like flashes.”

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While saying Jeremy Lin is just a back-up PG, Powell added that signing Lin in free agency was good for the franchise, which is expected to be one of the worst teams in the league next season.

“Lin is a smart buy, an energetic overachiever who is beloved by fans and will undoubtedly bring some buzz to an arena that needs it,” he added.

Lin signed a three-year deal worth $36 million after opting out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets. He played one year with the Hornets and averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists helping the team make a playoff spot.

With the Nets, Lin will start at the PG position, a change in role after backing up Hornets star Kemba Walker.

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With major minutes with the Nets, Jeremy Lin has a chance to prove that he’s more than a “backup level” point guard. Can he re-live “Linsanity” in New York?

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