Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce calls Jeremy Lin ‘the stabilizer’
Jeremy Lin’s 2017-18 season came to an end on opening night, when he played 25 minutes and scored 18 points for the Brooklyn Nets in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. He injured his knee that night, and he spent the rest of the season and the ensuing offseason working his way into playing shape. All of that hard work and effort made it extra hard for Lin when the Nets dealt him to the Atlanta Hawks for guard Isaia Cordinier.
But Lin is back on the floor and healthy again, playing a sixth-man role off the bench for Atlanta. In 25 games, Lin is averaging 18.2 minutes and 10.6 points per game while shooting 50.3 percent from the floor.
“I call him the stabilizer,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said before the game, per The Athletic’s Michael Scotto. “He’s been a guy that coming off the bench, his experience, you know what you’re going to get from him especially in pick-and-roll. Whether we’re up or down what he does is he comes in and just impacts the game immediately just staying within himself.”
To say that Lin has triumphed through adversity in his career would be an understatement. In his two seasons with the Nets, injuries limited the 30-year-old to just 37 games played. He went undrafted after four seasons of college basketball at Harvard, and he played just 29 games with the Golden State Warriors as a rookie in 2010-11. Lin averaged just 2.6 points in 9.8 minutes per game that year.
But things turned around after the Houston Rockets waived Lin the following season and he caught on with the New York Knicks. He averaged 14.6 points per game in 35 appearances with New York in 2011-12. In his nine-year career, Lin has averages of 11.9 points and 4.4 assists per game.