Assessing Jeremy Lin's Impact on Golden State Warriors, NBA

Brad GoldbachCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2010

Many of you may not have heard of Jeremy Lin, formerly of Harvard, and the newest member of the Golden State Warriors.

As only the fourth Asian-American to ever play in the NBA, he has already accomplished quite a bit. His hard work and rise from receiving no Division I scholarships to the NBA is quite a story, and an inspirational one at that.

You will hear a lot about his story, but its his game that deserves the most attention.

You might remember his jaw-dropping performance against UConn back in December when Lin dropped 30 points and nine boards on the then-13th ranked Huskies. Yeah, a guy from Harvard took UConn to school—on the basketball court.

This isn't some token signing to boost sales or anything. This is a move that will make an impact on the basketball court.

Don't believe me? Just ask the Lakers, who were also interested in signing Lin before the Warriors landed him.

Of course, Lin didn't just rely on that UConn performance to land himself in the NBA. In fact he stood out in the NBA's Summer League, holding his own against top overall pick John Wall while playing with the Mavericks. Lin put up 13 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, when squaring off against Wall.

At Harvard, the 6'3", 200 lb. Lin averaged 16.1 points, 4.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks. He shot an efficient 51.9 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from the three (he shot 40 percent from three as a junior).

Backing up Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, Lin should learn a lot from these guys and provide some solid and efficient minutes off the bench. Having Curry and Lin on the floor at the same time could provide a lot of efficiency from the guard position.

He won't light the world on fire, but Lin will make an impact on the Warriors this season.

This was a great signing for the Warriors, for all the right reasons.