Jeremy Lin: Fantasy Basketball Rookie Impact
This undrafted Harvard Point Guard was extremely impressive in this year’s Vegas Summer League. Jeremy Lin has demonstrated his underrated quickness and athleticism, including some solid defense when he was matched up against number one draft pick John Wall.
Both the Lakers and Mavs tried to sign him but being a native of California, Lin ended up choosing the Warriors and agreed to a 1-year deal worth $500,000. USD. Jeremy Lin is already becoming a fan favorite, becoming the first Asian-American to play in the NBA.
By his junior year in college, Lin was the only player that ranked in the top ten in his conference in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocked shots, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three-point percentage. Last year at Harvard he averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game.
Yes, it is true that much of these stats were accumulated against other Ivy League teams but, check out Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun’s statement after Lin finished with 30 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks against the UConn Huskies last season:
“I’ve seen a lot of teams come through here, and [Jeremy Lin] could play for any of them. He’s got great, great composure on the court. He knows how to play.”
That’s quite the praise coming from a Hall of Fame Big East coach.
Yes, he will be backing up Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, but the only other guard on the Golden State roster is Charlie Bell. As you may remember from last year, the Warriors had no trouble getting their backup guards involved as both Anthony Morrow and C.J. Watson logged significant minutes, allowing them to be fantasy relevant throughout the season.
With the erratic Coach Don Nelson now gone, Lin should get ample opportunity to produce for the fantasy-friendly Warriors. Keep Lin on your watch list and definitely draft him in Dynasty leagues as he could become this year’s surprise fantasy rookie.
Written by Justin Hasan exclusively for WinMyFantasyLeague.com
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