It took some time, but Jeremy Lin has now found his role on the Atlanta Hawks. The team acquired Lin in a trade during the offseason, and many didn’t know how he would fit in. Some thought that he would compete with Trae Young for the starting point guard position. Others thought he would be a nice piece to come off the bench. The latter was correct, but he didn’t start the season well, which was probably due to him getting his legs back after his injury last season. Now he’s been playing like his old self and is lifting the Hawks up in games down the stretch.
Lin has been known for being a serviceable scorer from his old teams. Of course, he made his name on the New York Knicks where he was doing something amazing every night, but he was also good on teams after that stint. Lin can get hot at any moment, and he has had those moments on the Hawks this season. He recently scored 12 points in the fourth quarter in the game against the Washington Wizards, and ultimately led the Hawks to a win. They rode the hot hand late, and he was able to deliver as he did in his old days.
Great backup guard
One of the most important things for the Hawks this season was getting somebody that could help Young out. With him being a rookie, times may get hard and he may need a player to come in for him and take the load. So far, Lin has done a good job in that category for the team. He was a good backup for the Charlotte Hornets with Kemba Walker starting and played well alongside D’Angelo Russell on the Brooklyn Nets. With him having experience as being a starter on other teams, it may have helped him ease into the role as a backup. As the season goes on, he should improve more and more and be the number one option for the Hawks off the bench.
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