Jeremy Lin can score. He’s proved it over and over. The penetrating point guard, who can also log time in the shooting guard slot, had some of his biggest scoring outings last season in Charlotte against some of the best teams in the NBA. (He dropped 29 on the San Antonio Spurs in March, for example.) Lin even managed to have huge scoring nights under Byron Scott‘s disastrous reign when Lin wore the LA Lakers’ purple and gold. Scott would occasionally even bench Lin, but Lin would bounce back, penetrate, get to the line and make numbers. That’s the kind of stat machine that fantasy basketball players long for — one ever so slightly underrated, but capable of huge nights. That’s been Lin throughout his career.
Now as he takes over the starting job in Brooklyn under a head coach (Kenny Atkinson) who went out of his way to acquire Lin, #7 looks like an excellent fantasy pick. He’ll have the basketball in his hands, he’ll have a strong pick-and-roll partner in Brook Lopez — Lin will get his minutes and he’ll have a green light. (It’s been mostly yellowish-green for Lin since his Knicks/Rockets days — even in Charlotte he wasn’t free to fire away.) CBS Sports points out that Jarrett Jack, the Nets best playmaker last year, averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 assists per game. Lin’s points should be higher and assists in range.