Toronto Raptors: Whose stock is rising/falling, plus a Siakam career-high

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Jeremy Lin – Stock Up

A nice introduction for Jeremy Lin on Wednesday night in his debut performance against the dysfunctional Washington Wizards.

Lin was a late addition to the line-up after arriving in Toronto earlier in the deal following s buyout with the Atlanta Hawks.

The injury of Fred VanVleet exacerbated the need for Lin, another primary ball handler who can run an NBA offense to a solid standard. Lin won’t tip the team over the edge in terms of making them an immediate favorite, but he does offer an insurance policy as a competent veteran who can vastly improve a second unit desperate for some traction.

Jeremy Lin made an immediate impact for the Raptors, his solid stat line of eight points, five rebounds, and five assists are indicative of the player Toronto will be seeing. A solid playmaker who can distribute the ball, score from all over the court and get up and rebound the ball.

Lin can fill in with the starters as a second or third guard, depending on the line-up and can just as easily play off the ball. A willing cutter and someone who will get out in transition, Lin is exactly who the Toronto Raptors needed to replace Delon Wright.

As someone who is playing for a contract next year, a lack of effort isn’t going to be an issue. Lin has also never made it past the first round in the playoffs, so the opportunity for him to have a deep run into the playoffs could be worth so much more.

Whatever the outcome, it’s great to have Linsanity as a member of the Toronto Raptors.