Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin
30-Year-Old GuardG
Toronto Raptors
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Lin's 2017-18 campaign started in devastating fashion. In the Nets' season opener, the point guard ruptured his patellar tendon, which wound up costing him the entire year. Lin was limited to just 36 games the prior season due to a hamstring injury as well, so he's now taken part in just 37 total contests since joining the Nets in 2016-17. That prompted Brooklyn to explore the trade market for Lin, eventually coming to terms on a deal with Atlanta this summer. On first glance, Lin appears to be heading into a very beneficial Fantasy situation. The Hawks are set to be one of the worst teams in the league once again and also shipped last year's starting point guard, Dennis Schroder, to the Thunder. However, the team did select Trae Young with the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and the overall expectation is that he'll get as much run as possible. As a result, Lin isn't necessarily guaranteed a starting role and could be tasked with mentoring the highly-touted rookie. If the Hawks feel as if Young is ready for top-unit duties to open the season, look for Lin to operate as the team's sixth man, providing an offensive spark and the ability to be a facilitator with the second unit. Lin has averaged 12.0 points and 4.5 assists per game during his eight-year career and also sports a 35-percent three-point percentage, which seem like solid benchmarks for his potential production in Atlanta. Still, considering his recent injury history and the presence of Young, Fantasy owners may want to temper expectations a bit for Lin. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $697,358 contract with the Raptors in February of 2019.
Leads team in scoring
GToronto Raptors
March 18, 2019
Lin finished with 20 points (7-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 27 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Knicks on Monday.
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After a string of mediocre performances, Lin turned in a strong game, leading the Raptors in scoring. He got some extra run with Kawhi Leonard (rest) out, but with Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet both healthy, Lin was once again relegated to the bench. He can't be counted on for games like this as he's too far down the pecking order in Toronto.
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Lin dealt with a hamstring injury for the majority of the 2016-17 campaign, limiting him to just 36 games overall. When he did play, Lin was relatively effective, averaging 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 three-pointers across 24.5 minutes. While it was a small sample size, it would've marked his best point and assist averages since the 2012-13 season with the Rockets. What was most encouraging, however, was Lin's improvement from beyond the arc. He clearly sought out the three-point line more often, putting up a career-high 4.3 attempts per game, while hitting 37.2 percent of those shots, also a career high. The 2017-18 season brings with it some serious questions though. The Nets traded for D'Angelo Russell, a former No. 2 overall pick with point guard experience. Lin's newfound touch from beyond the arc could allow the two to start together in the backcourt, but coach Kenny Atkinson has yet to tip his hand and will experiment with a number of different lineups throughout training camp. The Nets also brought in Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll, both of whom could ultimately cut into Lin's playing time at two-guard. Even if he stays healthy for the entire season, it's hard to see Lin replicating his production from a season ago, especially if he continues to see minutes in the mid-to-low 20's on a nighty basis.
After a forgettable season with the Lakers in 2014-15, Lin signed a two-year deal with the Hornets, taking a significant pay cut to join a significantly better basketball situation. The decision paid off, quite literally, as Lin once again solidified his place in the NBA as a dependable combo guard. Lin earned a massive payday this offseason after turning in averages of 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 26.3 minutes per game while helping lead the Hornets back to the playoffs. The 28-year-old inked a three-year, $38.3 million deal with the Nets in July, one that more than quintuples his 2015-16 salary and puts him a situation where he'll have an opportunity to start full-time. Lin is probably the most recognizable name on Brooklyn's roster and might be its best player outside of center Brook Lopez. While that may not be a recipe for team success, it should vault Lin into higher regard as a fantasy commodity. Lin averaged 16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per 36 minutes last season while playing off the ball considerably more often than ever before. He'll see most of his time at the point guard spot for the Nets, which should lead to assist numbers more closely in line with the 6.4 per 36 minutes he posted two seasons ago. Lin probably isn't going to reach 36 minutes per game, of course, but given his ability to switch between both backcourt spots, it's a number he could approach. Lin could become even more valuable if he's able to resurrect his shooting efficiency, particularly from beyond the arc.
In his fifth season, Lin averaged 11.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 26 minutes per game through 74 contests with the Lakers. He shot 42 percent from the field, 37 percent from beyond the arc, and 80 percent from the free-throw line. Playing his fewest minutes load since his 29-game debut with the Warriors back in 2010-11, Lin struggled from the field overall but shot the highest three-point percentage of his career. The 27-year-old guard will have to compete with Brian Roberts for the job as Kemba Walker's primary backup, but Lin is likely the early favorite, and coach Steve Clifford has already indicated he will use Lin and Walker together at times as well.
From the heights of Linsanity with the Knicks to backing up Patrick Beverley in Houston, the fall of Jeremy Lin was noticeable last season. That's not to say Lin had a bad season in his final go-around with the Rockets, it's just that from the unsustainable hype in New York, things had fallen off somewhat. Lin still managed to average 12.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 1.2 three-pointers in 29 minutes per game through 71 games off the bench last season. He shot 45 percent from the field on 9.3 attempts and 82 percent from the line on 3.7 attempts. Lin turned into more of a three-point shooter last season, with 35 percent of his total field goal attempts coming from downtown, where he hit a career-high 36 percent of those shots. Now in Los Angeles, on the final year of his three-year, $25 million deal, Lin should have chances to be a part of the starting backcourt with Kobe Bryant and be in a great position to improve on last season's numbers. With the only competition being a facsimile of Steve Nash, Lin should look to contribute 30-32 minutes a night and could benefit while playing next to a legend in Bryant. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep an eye on Lin during drafts this season.
Lin didn't really live up to the hype in his first season as a Rocket – but then, how could he? He overcame some minor injuries and started all 82 games at point guard, but he finished the year with somewhat pedestrian averages of 13.4 points, 6.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds. The biggest complaints about Lin's game are his outside shooting and his defense, and both were problems in Houston, as he converted under 34 percent of his threes and really struggled to defend quicker guards. But all hope is not lost. The arrival of Dwight Howard could really benefit Lin this season; Howard's presence in the paint should negate some of Lin's defensive problems, and on the offensive end, the pair should make a very imposing pick-and-roll combination. Will we see the heights of Lin-sanity again? Probably not. But Lin could be primed for a bounce-back season this year, and should be regarded as a post-hype sleeper.
Perhaps you've heard of him? Had a pretty nice run with the Knicks earlier this year, wound up on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice and on Time Magazine's most influential list. But the Knicks weren't as enchanted with Lin as everyone else--even before they let him walk to Houston, general manager Glen Grunwald was working to bring in help at Lin's position. That may have been a matter of fit. At this point in his career, Lin is more scorer than floor general, better at creating for himself than setting up teammates. That should serve him well in Houston, a painfully young team in the midst of a rebuilding effort, and it won't be terribly surprising if Lin is able to average 17-20 points per game the way he did at the height of Lin-sanity. Lin has a fair share of flaws in his game. He isn't much of a jump shooter, and he turns the ball over a lot. He'll have to adjust to the fact that defenses know he's coming now. With Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic leaving Houston, Lin will be the undisputed starter and leader on the Rockets. If the magical ride he took us all on last season was at all grounded in reality, Lin should be a solid fantasy contributor as long as he’s healthy this season.
The 6-2, 180-pound point guard was claimed off waivers in December from the Warriors. With Lowry, Dragic and Flynn ahead of him, he's a long shot ot have a significant role.
This year’s Summer League star wasn’t John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins, but rather an undrafted point guard from Harvard, of all places. Don’t expect much production, however, as limited athleticism and a large learning curve from the Ivy League to the NBA will prevent Golden State’s fan favorite from being fantasy-worthy.
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Does little in loss
GToronto Raptors
March 17, 2019
Lin finished with three points (1-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds over 17 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Pistons on Sunday.
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Will start Sunday
GToronto Raptors
March 17, 2019
Lin will start in Sunday's game against the Pistons, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
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Starting Thursday
GToronto Raptors
March 14, 2019
Lin will start Thursday's game against the Lakers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Leads bench in minutes Monday
GToronto Raptors
March 11, 2019
Lin totaled eight points (3-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists and one rebound across 21 minutes in Monday's 126-101 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Draws spot start Sunday
GToronto Raptors
March 3, 2019
Lin will draw the start in Sunday's game against the Pistons, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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