The reunion of Jeremy Lin and new head coach Kenny Atkinson was one of the big moves for the Brooklyn Nets this offseason and reports have confirmed that the Asian-American point guard will be starting at the point guard spot as predicted when he signed with the Nets earlier this summer.
The Nets are aiming for a playoff spot in the 2016-2017 NBA Season and an active offseason was proof that they want to make some noise when the new season opens later this year.
Aside from Lin, Brooklyn acquired Trevor Booker and Justin Hamilton to add depth to their front court.
“I don’t think there’ll be a quarterback controversy. Everybody thinks Jeremy’s best position is that combo guard off the bench. We took a kind of outside-of-the-box idea and said he can be our full-time point guard. I saw it in flashes in New York that he can distribute the ball,” Atkinson said to the New York Post about Jeremy Lin and his role with the Nets next season.
Lin has played mainly as an off the bench player with his previous teams like the Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets. But it looks like he’ll be getting major minutes in Brooklyn as Atkinson believes in the Asian-American guard’s ability to run the point guard position with the Nets.
“He’s got great vision. If you look at his attributes, he can play the point guard position and he can defend the point guard position. I see him leading our team. I see him being a great pick-and-roll combination with Brook [Lopez]. That’s part of the reason we got him. We challenged him with that role,” Atkinson added.
Brooklyn also has offer sheets for Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson and Portland Trail Blazers’ Allan Crabbe, but it’s not clear if their respective teams will be retaining them this summer.
The pair are potential back court partners for Lin, who is returning to New York after living “Linsanity” with the Knicks back in 2012. Atkinson was an assistant coach for the Knicks during the time of Lin with the Knicks four years ago.
Jeremy Lin has a chance to prove next season that he is a legit starting point guard in the league with major playing time trusted to him by the Brooklyn Nets’ new head coach.
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