Per ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Knicks have claimed PG Jeremy Lin off waivers from the Houston Rockets. The Harvard product played sparingly last season for the Golden State Warriors, but at 6’3″, 200 lbs., he’s an intriguing player, having averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the D-League’s Reno Bighorns last year.
Lin’s non-guaranteed contract is extremely manageable at just under $800,000 this season, and the 23-year-old is an excellent low-risk gamble for New York given its obvious depth issues in the backcourt. Scouting reports indicate that Lin plays aggressive defense, is an above-average rebounder, and has shown a distinct nose for the ball.
During his four-year Ivy League-career, Lin averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals on 48% shooting over 115 games. At a bare minimum, he should be able to push Mike Bibby in the backup point guard role, and maybe the Knicks will catch lighting in a bottle with the cheap, young and defensive-minded player.
Plus, there are many Asian-American-Knick fans living in the tri-state area, so there’s that.
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