Jeremy Lin chose an opportunity with the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors instead of continuing to play professionally in China, hoping to catch up with the organization and possibly earn a spot in the NBA.
Though Lin has been beaten and limited to five of the Warriors’ 12 games in the G League bubble in Orlando, Florida, rookie guard Nico Mannion spoke after Sunday’s win over the Austin Spurs about how much he has appreciated the leadership. of the veteran.
Mannion and Lin’s combined 52-point effort fueled Santa Cruz’s eighth straight win on Sunday, as the Sea Dubs are now just half a game behind the Erie Bayhawks for the best record in the bubble.
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Lin has averaged 19.6 points and 7.2 assists per game in five appearances for the G League Warriors. At 32, the Palo Alto native is the oldest statesman on a team made up almost entirely of players under 25 years of age.
Especially for a player like Mannion, a Warriors second-round pick in November, whom the organization wanted to gain more playing time by competing in the G League, being able to absorb Lin’s knowledge has been a tremendous resource.
Mannion and Jordan Poole, the G League’s second leading scorer, will likely return to the Warriors’ NBA bench once the G League game is over, and working alongside Lin should be helpful to them.
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