Nets Have Big Decisions to Make at Guard

Brooklyn Nets D'Angelo Russell (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets D'Angelo Russell (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 6: Jeremy Lin
OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 6: Jeremy Lin /

Jeremy Lin

All the while, Jeremy Lin is set to return next season. According to Lin, he anticipates feeling better next year because the doctors “cleaned everything up” in his knee. Lin, like Dinwiddie and Russell, thrives with the ball in his hands. A career 35% shooter from three, he might struggle alongside either player.

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Kenny Atkinson was an assistant with the Knicks during “Linsanity”, and has praised his growth as a player since those days. After bouncing between Los Angeles, Houston, and Charlotte, Lin was clearly valued by Brooklyn. There’s no question he has tremendous talent, but after missing so much of the last two seasons to injury, there are questions about his ability to stay on the court. In addition, after suffering multiple leg injuries, it remains to be seen how it impacts a player who relies on quickness like Lin does.

Lin seems optimistic about his return and excited to play alongside his Brooklyn teammates next season. After starting every game for the Rockets in 2013-2014, Lin primarily came off the bench, and wasn’t featured as heavily as he was earlier in his career. He would have had the opportunity in Brooklyn had the injuries not occurred. Now, it may be difficult for Lin to gain a starting role with the Nets.