Brooklyn Nets 2016-17 Grades: Jeremy Lin

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Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

After his inaugural season with the Brooklyn Nets, what grade does Jeremy Lin deserve?

Jeremy Lin has had a rollercoaster ride of a career, to say the least. He was undrafted in 2010, but ended up with the Golden State Warriors. That didn’t last too long, as he played for two teams in the D-League over the next year.

In 2011, Lin was picked up by the New York Knicks… and “Linsanity” was born. Despite playing in just 35 games, Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Five seasons removed from the outburst, all of those statistics remain Lin’s career-best.

The breakout season led to Lin signing with the Houston Rockets in free agency, but he was ultimately a disappointment. In his two seasons in Houston, Lin failed to replicate his “Linsanity” numbers despite playing 2.5 more minutes per game.

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Things didn’t get much better for Lin after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014. Excluding his rookie year, Lin posted career-lows in points and rebounds per game.

However, Lin turned his career around with the Charlotte Hornets in 2015. Perhaps this was because he had a new, adjusted role — sixth man. Providing a spark off the bench behind Kemba Walker, Lin helped lead Charlotte to the playoffs.

Following his rebound season, Lin was considered one of the best point guards in free agency. The Nets ended up being the lucky bidders, signing Lin to a multi-year contract.

Now that Lin has his inaugural season with Brooklyn in the books, let’s take a look at his highs and lows this season.

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