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Jeremy Lin’s role: Starting point guard or reserve

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Apr 8, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Lin has experienced playing both as a starting point guard and as a sixth man on a reserve role for his NBA teams in the last six seasons. But which role is the right fit for the Asian-American guard? Is Lin better option as a spark off the bench? Or will a starting PG role maximize his potential on the court?

In the 2015-2016 NBA Season, Lin was one of the best sixth men in the league under Charlotte Hornets’ Steve Clifford’s system. Early in the year he was even one of the top candidates for the NBA Sixth Man of thee Year Award before falling in the race in the latter part of the season.

For the Hornets, Jeremy Lin started 13 of 78 regular season games and came off the bench in seven games in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. For his career, Lin has started in 183 of 369 regular season games and 3 of 17 postseason games.

Jeremy Lin stats reserve vs starting role:

Jeremy Lin as the starter (183 games): 14.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 32.2 minutes per game

Jeremy Lin as reserve (186 games): 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 21.4 minutes per game

In games played for the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Hornets, Lin’s stats are better when he was a starter than a bench player. Rebounds are the same but he has more scoring, assists and minutes played.

Jeremy Lin will hit free agency this 2016 offseason after announcing that he will opt out of his final year of his contract with the Hornets. Lin said he’s willing to re-sign in Charlotte but other teams could also try to sign him in free agency.

Aside from the contract, which Jeremy Lin said is not important, his role with the team is crucial to Lin’s decision. Should Lin stay with the Hornets and play back-up guard? Or should he go to a team like the Brooklyn Nets where he can be a starting point guard?

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