Brooklyn Nets Point Guard Jeremy Lin is one of my favorite players to own in fantasy basketball this season. Each year a player needs to be evaluated off their situation. Lin wasn’t a franchise savior in Houston after coming over from the Knicks for the 2012-13 campaign. Lin put up decent numbers in Houston, but didn’t live up to the contract. Lin lost playing time in Houston in part to his defensive deficiencies. Also Lin didn’t complement James Harden as well as Patrick Beverley.
After two seasons Lin was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for a forgettable season. In Los Angeles Lin’s skill set did not complement Kobe Bryant. Head Coach Byron Scott also started using Jordan Clarkson more in the starting lineup since he was a future building block for the organization. Coming off the bench in Charlotte last season, Lin rehabbed his career coming off the bench behind Kemba Walker. His PER was a career low 13.8 with the Hornets last season, but I believe Lin played with more confidence in Charlotte. Lin is better suited to be a complimentary piece not a franchise building block for a winning team.
In Brooklyn Head Coach Kenny Atkinson will attempt to use Lin to his strong suits. Atkinson was an Assistant Coach with the Knicks during “Linsanity”. This situation in Brooklyn is perfect for fantasy owners because Lin has very little competition for shots. His usage rate of 28.1 during the breakout season with the Knicks is closer to what it should be this season than his career usage rate of 21.7. This season the Nets will be one of the worst teams in the NBA. Lin will play a lot of minutes and put together statistics that won’t equate to winning basketball. In categories leagues Lin can be downgraded a little bit due to percentages and turnovers. I spent $2.00 in a seasonal league with weekly scoring. I believe Lin will be one of the best values in that league. I received some teasing due to my purchase of Lin.
Sometimes fantasy owners overlook players on bad teams, I don’t care what their team does I’m just chasing statistics. I am a Fantasy Owner, not a real one. The fact of the matter is in Brooklyn; Lin should be able to surpass his career averages of 11.7 PPG, 4.4 APG, 2.8 RPG, 43% FG%, 35% 3-pt%, and 80% FT%. Lin may be better equipped to handle the pressure of being a focal point in Brooklyn after his experiences in Houston and Los Angeles. Owners need to evaluate Lin’s situation this season, instead of his career numbers. “Linsanity” won’t happen again, but a solid mid-round production very well could be in the cards.