Warriors Expected to Assign Jeremy Lin to NBA D-League
Lin, the third-ever Asian American to play in the NBA, has appeared in 17 games with the Warriors this season, albeit mostly in limited playing time. Averaging fewer than nine minutes per game, Lin is scoring 1.9 points and 1.1 steals during his rookie season playing near his hometown of Palo Alto, Calif.
While Lin has clearly struggled to make his mark as a rookie, he has a history of overcoming obstacles. Despite being rated as California's high school player of the year by most major publications his senior year, Lin didn't receive a single Division I scholarship offer. Paying his way through school, he went on to star at Harvard where he averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 115 career games, becoming the first player in Ivy League history to record at least 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals.
After again being overlooked by going undrafted in this year's NBA Draft, Lin opened eyes while playing with the Dallas Mavericks' Vegas Summer League entry. In five games in Vegas, Lin averaged 9.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals -- including a showdown with first overall pick John Wall. Against Wall, Lin made 6 of 12 shot attempts off the bench on his way to 12 points -- his highest output of the summer -- while Wall was able to make just 4 of 19 shot attempts. This led to a bit of a bidding war for the free agent rookie, with the Warriors eventually beating out the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.
Lin is still developing as a point guard, but the Warriors clearly haven't seen enough as they recently signed Acie Law, clearing the way for Lin to be assigned to the D-League.
With the Reno Bighorns, Lin will have to earn his playing time as they already employ one of the top point guards in the D-League in Warriors training camp invitee Aaron Miles. The other NBA player on assignment to the Bighorns, Hassan Whiteside from the Sacramento Kings, is averaging just 12.1 minutes in eight games thus far despite looking very solid when he's able to find time in the rotation.
Lin will be coached by former Warriors head coach Eric Musselman.