Kurtenbach: Jeremy Lin’s strong performance should put NBA teams on notice

Peninsula Premier Admin

If Jeremy Lin can do more of that, he can make it back to the NBA.

The Santa Cruz Warriors guard, playing his third game in the G-League in his bid to return to the big leagues, had an outstanding performance on Saturday night, leading the SeaDubs in scoring and dishing out nine assists.

There were more than a few moments where it looked like he didn’t belong.

In a good way.

One game won’t bring about a call-up, but if this performance indicates what is to come over the next few weeks, it should land him an NBA job.

In 32 minutes of play against the Westchester Knicks in the G-League bubble, Lin scored 29 points on a blistering 75 percent shooting, including going 7-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Lin also had nine assists in the game.

That’s what an NBA player would do against G-League competition.

We know, because Lin was the outstanding player on a team with two members of the Golden State Warriors on the roster. Jordan Poole, a 2019 first-round pick, had 26 points Saturday, second-round pick Nico Mannion added 22.

If those guys are worthy of an NBA roster spot (both have one, despite being in Orlando), why can’t Lin?

The only knock that you could levy against Lin’s game was his seven turnovers.

There will be teams that will not ignore that kind of sloppiness.

If Lin were to return to the NBA, it would be as a depth point guard — likely the third option. While the scoring he’s shown in the G-League is no doubt a positive, general managers and coaches will want to ensure first that he won’t lose them games. And turnovers lose games.

But seeing how Lin had four total turnovers in his first two games for the SeaDubs, the turnovers are only something to monitor at the moment — the good absolutely overwhelmed the bad in Saturday’s game.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that Lin will receive a call-up to the NBA, even with this kind of performance.

There will need to be more. Many more.

The next opportunity comes on Monday.

The truth remains that Lin needs to be undeniable to NBA general managers. So good that it would be silly for him to be in the G-League.

After the first two games of the season, it was starting to look like Lin’s NBA return was merely a pipe dream.

But Saturday’s performance served as a notice that the 32-year-old still has it.

And if he can keep giving these kids the business, he stands a chance of playing against someone his own age.

Contributed by local news sources

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