Jeremy Lin had one of the most iconic runs the NBA has ever seen when he stepped up at the Madison Square Garden and Linsanity was born. But now, he feels the league has given up on him.
Lin is far from the superstar some people thought he’d end up being, but he’s proven to be a valuable player coming off the bench that most contending teams could use.
He refuses to go down without a fight and has reportedly rejected some offers from European clubs as he feels like he deserves another shot in the NBA.
Out of the 30 teams in the league, more than a handful could use Lin’s services coming off the bench, and today, we’re going to give 5 franchises where he could thrive the most next season:
5. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are in no rush to compete right now but they could use Lin to put some pressure on Ja Morant’s shoulders. Also, he could also be a great veteran mentor for their 2nd overall pick.
Jeremy Lin could coexist with Tyus Jones coming off the bench for the Grizzlies, with Jones playing off-ball and Lin running the point. Or even better, they could trade him later in the season if he proves to be valuable for other teams.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are shorthanded at the point guard spot and they are far from satisfied with Jeff Teague, as you could probably tell from their pursuit of D’Angelo Russell in free agency. He was limited to just 42 games last year with an injury.
Other than Teague, the Timberwolves only have Shabazz Napier as his backup, so Lin could give them an insurance policy in case Teague falls down with an injury again. They won’t be a playoff team next season but could be significantly better with Lin on board.
3. Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets paid a lot of money to get Terry Rozier as their starting point guard next season, so it’s pretty safe to assume that they’re high on him and are going to feed him as much as they can on the offensive end.
However, they also lack depth at the point guard spot with Devonte’ Graham as his only backup. So, Lin could even play next to Rozier on multiple ball-handler lineups, the same way the Celtics’ paired him with Marcus Smart.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers had the best scoring bench in the NBA last year, mostly thanks to Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. However, Williams is not a true point guard, and Lin’s expertise would be welcome on Doc Rivers’ team.
Lin could run the offense through stretches, and his three-point shooting (34% career shooter from beyond the arc) would open up a lot of space for Williams’ drives, especially if they have another great shooter like Landry Shamet also on the floor.
1. Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors have made the most out of veteran players and Jeremy Lin shouldn’t be the exception to that rule, especially with Klay Thompson set to miss an extended period of time with an injury.
Lin could slide into Shaun Livingston’s former role, as neither Jacob Evans or Jordan Poole look ready to handle big minutes at an NBA level yet. He’d be a great fit for Steve Kerr’s offense with his good decision-making, passing, unselfishness and three-point shooting as they look to make another deep playoff run.