Linsanity has made its way to Toronto.
The former Knicks sensation had signed with the Raptors after finalizing a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks. The Raptors will be Lin’s eighth NBA franchise and first playoff-contender of his career. Lin is the second newest addition to the second strongest team in the Eastern Conference (41-16), alongside giant Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies in the NBA trade deadline.
Lin’s move to the Raptors sent shock-waves throughout social media, with fans bringing back memories of the his game winning buzzer beater against the Raptors in 2011-2012.
The 30-year-old veteran guard has been a reliable and productive reserve for the Hawks with an average of 10.7 points with nearly 47 percent shooting while playing less than 20 minutes per game. In the 2017-2018 season, he put up 18 points for the Brooklyn Nets with 42 percent field goal and 50 percent shooting over the arc, which boosted the Nets’ performance tremendously under his leadership.
“Heck of an addition for the Raptors”, Nets Head Coach Kenny Anderson said about Lin. “What I always said about Jeremy, he’s a heckuva competitor. Much better defender than people think. He fits the style of play I think Nick wants to play. He’s an elite competitor. Everyone competes in this league, but I think there is a pocket of guys that go above and beyond that.
“Very smart. And versatile. You saw him guard Dwayne Wade in the playoffs. Excellent pickup.”
Lin gives the Raptors a much-needed point guard after the team traded away Delon Wright in the blockbuster deal that brought Gasol over. The team also announced that backup guard Fred VanVleet will be sidelined for five weeks with a ligament injury in his thumb. Hence, Lin’s presence is a hopeful sign for the Raptors in strengthening their rotations and maintaining their performance in the league.
Ever since his debut under the Knicks, Lin has always been known as a creator for himself and others. With his experience, court vision and ability to create plays for the team, he will be able to work well with the starters and reserves. He will also be an extremely strong alternative to rotate with starting guard Kyle Lowry to direct and lead on the court. Sitting on the bench with Gasol and OG Anunoby, Lin definitely wraps the second-string up nicely as a combo guard.
Lin possesses an excellent pick and roll game and has proven to be very adaptable on this strategy. His chemistry with former team mates Tyson Chandler and Ed Davis was incredible, leading to easy baskets on a regular basis. Even at the Hawks with Dewayne Dedmon, Lin managed to execute the pick and roll despite Dedmon being a shooting and undersized big-man.
With the hospitality and support that Lin has received from the front office, coaches and players unlike many of the franchises that Lin has experienced with, this may enable the Linsanity sensation to have the opportunities, game time and trust that he truly deserves and needs to play to his fullest potential.
Kickstarting his first game with the Raptors in victory with eight points, five assists and five rebounds, Lin and the Raptors are off to a good start together and can only hope for better plays to come in the league.
“The future is bright for Atlanta! I truly mean that!” Lin posted on Instagram. “Everyone who knows me knows how big my dreams are and that I have so much left to give to the game. Hyped to join the Raptors!”
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