Jeremy Lin To SIGN With The Golden State Warriors? Is Linsanity BACK?

Jeremy Lin To SIGN With The Golden State Warriors? Is Linsanity BACK?

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At one time, Jeremy Lin was one of the most popular players in the entire NBA. But long gone are the days of Linsanity, and the Harvard graduate actually found himself out of the league after winning a championship in 2019 as an end of bench player with the Toronto Raptors. Lin is looking to make his way back into the NBA, and all signs point to the Golden State Warriors soon becoming his new home.

Today we will take a look at what the potential addition of Jeremy Lin to the Golden State Warriors means both for him and for the team. But before we do, make sure to hit that like button and subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already!

It’s been almost a full decade since Linsanity was first born. Jeremy Lin became an overnight sensation by pure coincidence and his stock rose faster than those of GameStop this past month. But the hype didn’t take long to cool off, as Lin had unsuccessful ensuing stops with the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The following summer was rough. “After the season I had to get ready for this Asia trip and it was the last thing I wanted to do,” Lin said.

Lin patiently waited for an NBA team to call his number, but the calls never came.

“Free agency has been tough, because I feel like in some ways the NBA’s kind of given up on me.”

Lin has faced an uphill battle for quite some time; a battle that started way before he went undrafted in 2010.

Thus, Lin embraced the challenge to become a star in China. He finished his season averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.8 steals on 49.1% shooting from the field.

Despite a successful season in China, Lin was hell-bent on returning to the NBA. No teams were calling now either, so he assumed the best way to put himself in front of NBA executives was through the G-League. And thanks to a recently approved rule that allows G-League teams to designate a five-year NBA veteran to their roster, Lin signed a contract with the Santa Cruz Warriors. The circumstances of play, however, are very different.

Through the Warriors’ first six games, he’s looked impressive. Lin is averaging 19.6 points, 7.2 assists, and 1.6 steals while shooting 48.3% from the field and a ridiculous 48.4% from three-point range on 6.2 attempts a night. Numbers won’t show it fully, but Lin has a very strong case for an NBA roster spot.

The two things holding Lin back are: one, his high turnover tendency – which is a deal-breaker for most bench guards, as coaches don’t want backup PGs losing the ball at the rate of a star player; and two, his health. Multiple injuries were the ultimate reason Lin struggled to find consistency in the NBA, even as a role player. He already missed one of the Warriors’ first six games, so NBA teams will certainly keep his health in mind before making a move.
A team that has him on their radar is the Golden State Warriors; not only because Lin plays for their G-League affiliate, but because there was already interest on a reunion prior to him signing with Santa Cruz. The Warriors signed Lin off free agency after he went undrafted in 2010.

The Warriors have always been much worse when Steph Curry sits on the bench than when he plays, but the Dubs’ bench players have taken it to a whole new level of bad this season. Brad Wanamaker isn’t giving head coach Steve Kerr the results he expected from a backup point guard, and the team doesn’t have any other capable playmakers at the guard spots; they’re instead loaded with scoring-first guards. Enter Lin, who as we saw is an improved playmaker. Plus, he’s also an additional scoring threat the Warriors can have out there to avoid the usual catastrophe that happens while Curry sits.

Lin has everything the Warriors are looking for, especially on a season where their roster is very limited: he brings shooting, veteran experience, and more than anything else, passion and desire. People have called him crazy for leaving a superstar life in China behind, as well as more money. But that’s not what he’s seeking.

“I truly believe that I'm an NBA player, but I'm not in it for the money, the clout, the fame or any of that,” Lin said. Lin has a lot of it, and he’s already brought the spotlight back to him with standout G-League performances. So, it looks like it’s only a matter of time before Lin goes from the Santa Cruz Warriors to the Golden State Warriors.

Do you think Lin will make it to Golden State this year? Could his arrival really make a difference? Let us know in the comments down below, and once again make sure to leave a like on this video and hit that subscribe button. Thank you for watching another Swish Central video, and join us next time for more NBA basketball content.

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