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Looking Back at Jeremy Lin’s Time in the D-League

After a record-breaking college career at Harvard came to an end in 2010, Jeremy Lin had his eyes firmly set on the NBA. Lin spent all 4-years at Harvard, becoming the first player in Ivy League history to record at least 1,450 points (1,483), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (406), and 200 steals (225).

However, Lin went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft and joined the Dallas Mavericks for Summer League. Where he impressed and earned NBA contracts from the Mavericks, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and an unknown team from the East.

Lin decided to stay in his native California, signing a 2-year deal with the Warriors. His NBA career commenced.

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Lin’s Rookie Season:

In his debut season (2010/11), Lin only featured in 29 games in the NBA. Averaging just 2.6 points, in 9.8 minutes per game. Instead he was frequently assigned to the then D-League, with the Reno Bighorns (now the Stockton Kings).

He was assigned 3 times and featured in a total of 20 D-League contests. 10 starts and 10 off the bench. Averaging 18 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.1 steals on the season.

Lin’s steals per game (2.1) and defensive efficiency (100.6) were the 6th highest in the D-League at the time. With his player efficiency rating (21.0) sitting 7th-best league-wide.

Each time Lin was assigned he was recalled by his parent team. Although, he did compete in the NBA D-League Showcase, being named to the All-NBA D-League Showcase First Team.

The Bighorns finished with a 32-18 record on the season, and sat top of the Western Conference. Lin’s D-League teammates included Danny Green, Hassan Whiteside, and Steve Novak. However, the team lost in the playoff semi-finals, 2-0, to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Moving East:

Following the season, the Warriors waived Lin. Who then featured for the Houston Rockets in the 2011/12 pre-season, but was waived again before the start of the campaign. Consequently, the New York Knicks signed Lin.

This was the season of the NBA lockout, which was shortened to 66 games. Just 6 games into the season, Lin found himself again being assigned to the D-League. This time for a short spell. A very short one.

Whilst representing the Erie BayHawks on January 20, 2012, Lin erupted for 28 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. On 52.9% shooting from the field. This was in a 122-113 victory over the Maine Red Claws.

Subsequently, Lin was swiftly recalled to the NBA and shortly after Linsanity occurred.

Ever since his D-League exploits, Lin has featured in over 400 NBA contests. Going onto represent the Houston Rockets (2012-2014), Los Angeles Lakers (2014/15), Charlotte Hornets (2015/16), Brooklyn Nets (2016/18), Atlanta Hawks (2018/19), and Toronto Raptors (2018/19).

With the latter, Lin became the first Asian-American to win an NBA title. The first championship of his career.

Now 31-years-old, Lin signed a $3 million deal with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association for the 2019/20 season. In 24 contests, Lin has averages of 24.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game.


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