Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets parted ways in the recent NBA free agency. The Asian-American guard was forced to seek for another team after being least prioritize by the Hornets.
Jeremy Lin agreed to sign a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Brooklyn Nets. There are reports saying that Lin’s decision to join the Nets was influenced by coach Kenny Atkinson. Recalling in 2012, Atkinson was the creator of Linsanity in the New York Knicks.
Jeremy Lin had a good season with the Charlotte Hornets. Despite being a backup point guard, the situation didn’t become a hindrance for Lin to showcase his talent. The Hornets decided to prioritize Marvin Williams and Nic Batum to a long-term deal but lost Al Jefferson, Courtney Lee, and Jeremy Lin.
The Charlotte Hornets easily find a replacement for Courtney Lee when they acquired Marco Belinelli from the Sacramento Kings. The same thing goes with Al Jefferson, who can be replaced by Frank Kaminsky, Spencer Hawes, and Cody Zeller. However, it seems like they are having a hard time finding the perfect replacement for Jeremy Lin.
Jeremy Lin averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in his tenure with the Charlotte Hornets. Though there are lots of options currently available in the market, it seems like none of them can surpass Lin’s energy and ability to draw defenses, primarily off the bench.
Jeremy Lin is one of the players who wanted to stay on one team and develop his career there.
“I’m tired of boxes, I’m tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home. And if you asked me what I want out of free agency, I want to see how good I can become. I’m 27 and an athlete’s prime, at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27 to 30. That’s when you kind of peak, physically, mentally, and that’s when most players perform their best.
“So I’m going into my prime. I want to see how great I can be as a player and that’s my purpose in free agency.” Lin said in World Economic Forum.
The Asian-American guard admitted that he needs to improve his shooting skills in order to be more noticeable in the league.
“I’m trying to be a great shooter because I can really drive to the basket and that’s basically why I can play in the NBA. I can drive, but I feel if I can shoot at a more consistent and hit more types of shots, it will open up my driving game. So I’m shooting 700 to 1000 jumps every day while I’m not on this Asia trip. Every day we’re just in there. We’ve got a rebounding machine and a huge big net that fires the ball out. We just keep shooting.” Lin added.
Once Jeremy Lin works out well with the Nets, he will surely become one of the best point guards in the league in the future. As soon as the 2016-17 NBA season starts, the Charlotte Hornets will surely miss the best backup point guard they ever had.
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