Golden State Warriors, 2010-11
Role: Backup Point Guard
After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Lin displayed an impressive performance in Summer League. His showing in Summer League drew the attention of multiple teams. Though he received higher offers from other teams, Lin chose the Golden State Warriors because they were his hometown team and favorite team growing up. Lin became the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.
Despite receiving immense support from the Asian-American fans in the Bay Area, Lin received little playing time in his rookie season. He only played in 29 games, averaging 9.8 minutes per game. At the time, Golden State already had two dominant ball-handling guards, Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. The Warriors wanted to use Lin as a backup to Curry, but he wouldn’t get the chance for that role. Golden State also had backup guards Charlie Bell, Reggie Williams, and Acie Law.
During his season with the Warriors, Lin was assigned to the D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, three times, and was recalled each time. The Warriors eventually waived Lin in the 2011 offseason, as they tried to clear salary space in the hopes of landing free agent DeAndre Jordan.