Jeremy Lin had a rough first season for the Brooklyn Nets. When the dynamic point guard was on the court, things weren’t too bad for Lin and the consistently outgunned Nets. But Lin’s nagging hamstring injury kept him in street clothes much of the season (46 games) and the Nets finished with the worst record (20-62) in the Eastern Conference — a full eight games behind the 14th place 76ers. But Lin, an optimist, thinks next year will be different — wildly so.
Lin told Slamonline that “I feel we can get into the playoffs… If I could play more, or if I didn’t get injured, I feel we have a chance of getting into the playoffs.” That means Lin, a former economics major at Harvard, likely did the math and thinks the Nets can win at least 21 more games next year. The 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference went to the Chicago Bulls this year, winners of 41 games. That’s more than double the wins Brooklyn managed this year in Lin’s first season with the team. Lin’s degree comes in handy as he does his calculations. The Nets went 10-12 in their last 22 games with Lin after he returned from injury. Lin extrapolates the Nets playoff berth from there — and from some free agency additions.