Jeremy Lin scored 18 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Santa Cruz Warriors, who fell to Walnut Creek-based G-League Ignite 109-104 in the Development League season opener in the bubble of the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Lin, who played in his first G League game in nearly a decade, also had five assists and three steals in the competition.
But it wasn’t nearly enough to compete with Ignite, who had a 17 point lead in the fourth quarter and reduced Santa Cruz to three points several times in less than two minutes to enter the contest.
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Jeremy Lin wants to show that he still has one NBA game with the return of the G League
Lin – a Palo Alto High alum, former NBA phenomenon and 2019 NBA champion – played in the Chinese Basketball Association last year but signed with the Warriors’ Developmental League team last off-season to prove it that he is healthy and capable of playing big league once again.
In the first of 15 games that he hopes will have 15 games in the bubble, Lin did nothing to exclude himself from another NBA shot. He played cleverly and roughly at both ends of the court.
However, he was outshone by 37-year-old former warrior Jarrett Jack, who, like Lin, is trying to return to the NBA. He got 23 points on 9-out-of-10 to lead Ignite.
Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Kuminga – an elite prep player who dropped out of top colleges to play in the G-League – also impressed Ignite. Kuminga had a game sealing block in the final seconds with 19 points in the competition, 13 of which came in the first half. He also had four templates. ESPN predicts that Kuminga will be among the top 10 favorites in the 2021 NBA draft, although that stock may rise with its strong performance on Wednesday.
Jalen Green – a product from Napa’s Prolific Prep and another planned top 10 picks who chose to play in the G-League instead of going to college – had 11 points for Ignite, including a jam which was worth a peak in the third quarter.
The players of the Golden State Warriors, Nico Mannion and Jordan Poole, showed up and down for the minor league team. Mannion could not continue the strong first half and ended the 6-of-18 shooting with 17 points . Poole struggled with nasty problems in the first half but scored 22 in the competition and went 7-on-21 off the floor.
Lin’s next chance to impress NBA scouts is Friday at 4pm when the SeaDubs play the Delaware BlueCoats.
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