Brooklyn Nets, 2016–Present
Role: Starting Point Guard
After his spectacular season in Charlotte, it’s only right for Lin to land a big contract again. He did just this on July 7, 2016, signing a three-year, $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets. It’s safe to say that Lin has successfully redeemed himself in the press and in the league.
Despite the low expectations of the Nets by multiple media publications, Lin will excel in Brooklyn. The Nets finally have a point guard who is an effective scorer and playmaker. At 28 years old, Lin is entering his prime, and he’ll be playing the best basketball of his career. Lin will also be playing under the supervision of new Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, who mentored Lin back in his days in New York.
The low expectations should help Lin as well, since he won’t be pressured to explode as “Linsanity” again. The high pressure might have attributed to his struggles in Houston. Thankfully for Lin, he won’t have to worry about that in Brooklyn. However, a strong performance in Brooklyn can only be beneficial for Lin and the Nets. The Nets just might be a huge surprise this season.
Nevertheless, we’ll be able to see Lin play his first game in a Nets uniform on opening night against the Boston Celtics in TD Garden.