The Charlotte Hornets had great success this past season because of outstanding guard play. Specifically, because Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker perfectly complemented each other. Now that Lin has ditched the purple and blue for the Brooklyn Nets‘ black and white, why not take a look at the similarities and differences of two young guards?
If you were constructing a team and had to pick between Lin and Walker at point guard, you’d most likely pick the latter. Although the two have been in the league for almost the same amount of time, Walker has built a solid reputation, while Lin was bouncing from team-to-team.
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As a top rated recruit coming out of high school and a national champion with the UConn Huskies back in 2011, Walker has had lofty expectations to meet. The same isn’t for Lin. After going undrafted out of Harvard, it would’ve been a great story to see Lin play a couple of seasons in the NBA. That ship has sailed, and the Silicon Valley native has carved out a respectable career in the league. He was the talk of the 2011-12 season during his Linsanity days with the New York Knicks.
Since both guys spent last year playing alongside each other in Charlotte, it’s almost a given they picked up a few things from each other. Furthermore, they’d go up against each other in practice and have a sound idea of how they play. Now that Lin is locked down for a long-term starting gig, his potential will be tapped fully by Brooklyn.
One aspect that skews this comparison more than anything is that Walker has the better team around him, and good players with great teams just look better. The Hornets are looking to return to the playoffs again, while Brooklyn is hoping to win anywhere between 25-30 games. Regardless, Lin is in a position to have the best season of his career because he won’t be buried in the depth chart.