Jeremy Lin’s career trajectory is a very interesting one being an undrafted rookie from Harvard University to capturing the entire world during his “Linsanity” days in New York City. After a hard season with the Los Angeles Lakers last year, Lin found his way to the Charlotte Hornets where he has revitalized his career.
The 27-year-old guard signed a bargain two-year, $4.3 million deal with the Hornets last offseason. He has the option to become a free agent this offseason where a lot of teams will want to get his services.
However, Jeremy Lin likes his time in Charlotte and could sign with the team for a long-term extension. In an interview with ESPN, he compared the Hornets to his high school basketball team in a very good way.
“It’s night and day to a lot of other organizations. I compare this team to my high school team, in terms of guys totally buying in. We didn’t have a superstar in high school, but we were able to have success just playing team basketball and doing it the right way,” Lin said.
“The more money gets involved, the more it becomes professional, whatever, it becomes more and more rare that you have a team like this,” he added.
In his first season in Charlotte, Lin averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 78 games played. He only started in 13 games but his play earned him seventh place in the 2016 Sixth Man of the Year voting.
Along with Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lin helped the Hornets to a 48-34 record and qualify for the postseason. He helped Charlotte even their first-round matchup against the Miami Heat with two big games.
Lin had 18 points, four rebounds and four assists in the 96-80 Game 3 win. On the other hand, he scored 21 points, dished four assists and had two steals in the 89-85 Game 4 win. The Hornets have the momentum going into Game 5 in Miami and has the real opportunity to win the series.
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