Jeremy Lin can score in the NBA. It’s a statement he made early in his career, of course, with those big barrages of buckets at Madison Square Garden that resulted in Linsanity. But in his journeyman NBA existence in Houston, LA, Charlotte and Brooklyn since, Lin’s scoring ability has sometimes seemed diluted by uneven playing time, role shifting and injuries. But it’s been his circumstances, not Lin’s capability, that kept changing. In Brooklyn’s October 11 preseason loss to the Philadelphia 76ers that marked the return of Sixers big man Joel Embiid, Lin again did what he’s supposed to do.
Lin scored and scored efficiently, shooting 57% on 4-of-7 while knocking down 2-of-3 three-point attempts. He also got to the free throw line, as he has done consistently throughout his career, hitting 4-of-5 attempt for an 80% mark. Lin scored 14 points in 23 minutes, a pace that will deliver an average of 20ppg with regular minutes. Alas, Lin collected 5 fouls against the speedy 76ers. D’Angelo Russell played 24 minutes for the Nets, scoring 24 points on 45% shooting.