When Jeremy Lin Was A Maverick

Posted Feb 10, 2012

DB.com’s week at Summer League 2010 in Vegas ended on a Monday at 1:20 a.m., when our Mark Fenn filed a final scouting report on prospects named Omar, Shan, Roddy, Ian and DoJo. Oh, and one other kid we obsessed about. Talked to him in a DB.com Video Visit, too. Before there was ‘Linsanity’ in New York, there was DB.com in Las Vegas with Jeremy Lin.

DallasBasketball.com’s week at Summer League 2010 in Las Vegas ended on Monday, July 19, at 1:20 a.m., when DB.com’s Mark Fenn filed his final report after scouted a bunch of Dallas Mavericks prospects.

A guy named ‘Omar’ and a guy named ‘Shan.’ Kids named ‘Roddy B’ and ‘Ian’ and ‘DoJo.’ Oh, and one other guy that we ended up writing more about than anybody. Talked to him in a DB.com Video Visit, too. Before there was "Linsanity'' with the New York Knicks, there was DallasBasketball.com in Las Vegas with Jeremy Lin.

He's the stuff of New York legend now, even though it's only been three games, it's been three Knicks wins with Lin averaging 25 points and eight rebounds and premature legend-making is New York's top export, so let's go with it.

Way back when, Mavs GM Donnie Nelson saw that though Lin hadn't been drafted and hadn't really even been recruited out of high school, he was worthy of a one-year guaranteed contract. The plan was to let him settle into the D-League in Frisco for a bit ...

But the Golden State Warriors had other plans. They offered Lin a two-year deal, in part because of the hometown-hero marketing value. But Golden State then stashed them on their D-League team, too, before waiving him on Dec. 11. He had a cup o' coffee with the Rockets, didn't stick, and landed with the point-guard-starved Knicks.

And now comes the "Linsanity.''

Here’s DB.com correspondent Mark Fenn’s raw notes as he summarized the 2010 Mavs Summer League team:

Mavs Goals heading into 2010 Summer League:

• Work Roddy B at the PG position

• What/ if anything did the Mavs get in #25 pick Dominique Jones? (you just never know about those late first rounders!)

• Shan Foster, JR Giddens, Omar Samhan and at the end Ian Mahinmi— what if anything can we expect from them? Any worthy of a roster spot? (Mahinmi w/ contract- yes).

• Any unknowns that MBT grabbed out of thin air that would surprise us?

• Players on OTHER rosters that might be intriguing?

DB.com 2010 Summer League Recap:

• Roddy still has a ways to go if he truly can be a 15/20+ minute PG at the NBA Level. Time will tell (he will be playing the point for French National Team in upcoming FIBA World Championships in Turkey at the end of August). As of right now I think the Mavs feel Roddy playing next to Kidd at the 2 position is the most effective tandem until Roddy develops further. This plays to both players’ strengths and allows Roddy to focus on being a scoring/attacking guard which is more natural to him at this point in his development. Thus, Mavs still need a backup PG.

• You got to give credit to MBT for what appears as coming away with NBA rotation talent with the selection of Roddy at #25 in 2009 and now Dominique Jones at #25 in 2010. Roddy was named by most account in 2009 as first team NBA Summer League (including myself) and now Dominique Jones is getting the same credit from NBA.com. Just check the history and getting NBA rotation talent late in the first round is something that should be applauded. More to come on Dominique as he was the workhorse and overall best player for Mavs 2010 SL Team. Again, though … late first-rounder. Still hard to tell.

• Omar Samhan landed a two-year contract playing in Lithuania and hopefully the time overseas will assist in his development in the paint to where some day he can be a serviceable backup in the NBA. But he’s not there.

• Neither Shan Foster nor JR Giddens did anything to stand out from the other 100’s of players out here in Vegas trying to distinguish themselves from others. I don’t see either being around come Fall.

• Mahinmi was off in his debut with the Mavs against the Wizards on Thursday (I think Javale McGee had something to do with it) but it was his first game suited up with Mavs after just one practice. What a difference one game makes as he played toe to toe with #5 pick DeMarcus Cousins (6 pts/6 rbds) and was clearly in Cousins’ head all night as it got heated on a few occasions. We need to see more of Mahinmi....

• If I’m the Mavs and a guy like Cartier Martin does not stick with the Wizards, I would bring him in for a look – just saying....

• And saving the best for last- Jeremy Lin: The 6-3, 200-pound four-year undrafted PG from Harvard has come from out of nowhere to all of the sudden going man-to-man with No. 1 pick John Wall in what turned out to be one of the better summer league games of the tournament. I had a quick chance to interview Jeremy and that will be uploaded on DB.com …

Through all five games Jeremy established himself as not only someone who belonged on the court, but it was clear he was in complete control with the flow of the game on the court and his leadership skills and ability to simply make plays was very noticeable. He’s the kind of guy that makes others around him better and as we know those kinds of guys are not easy to find. The best Mavs combination was when Roddy, Dojo and Lin were all on the court at the same time with Lin and Dojo doing more of the playmaking.
Keep an eye on Lin as he showed natural basketball instincts combined with a good frame and ability to stay in front of his player defensively (had back-to-back blocks in 1st game on same play).

Sounds crazy but I believe he has the whole package to be an effective point guard at the NBA level, starting next season. Don’t know where Mavs have room, but for someone, he’s a perfect third guard and depending on his development (he needs to work on outside shooting) he can become a serviceable if not better-than-that NBA point guard. He emulates his game after Steve Nash...not a bad one to pattern game off of.

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