Sure thing dude. Baseless criticism and "eye test" opinions. First, you're flat out wrong. Then, you turn into an irrational hate machine. GOOD JOB
Look, obviously you guys don't agree at all. This is going downhill fast. You may see it as irrational hate. The bottom line is Lin was not very good for us as a 6th man. For those who wish to cling to the small sample of games where he excelled and use that to buoy your beliefs that he was abused and held back here and will be an all-star PG moving forward--great. I hope so too. I wish him well.
However, in his role here he was on par (after calibrating for minutes played) with the likes of JJ Barea, Jordan Farmar, Rodney Stuckey, Randy Foye, and Reggie Jackson. Unfortunately, he is at the low end of that group. The drop off from Lin is to guys like Nate Wolters, Norris Cole, Brian Roberts, Dennis Schroder, etc. That is not something you look at and think, "man, how are we going to replace that guy?"
And that's the point. We can find production similar to Lin's in the back up PG position. Worried about who initiates the offense? I'm not. We can play inside out through D-Mo or T-Jones. We can let Isaiah Canaan/Ish Smith attack the paint and surround them with sharpshooters. We don't need to run teams out of the gym with our second unit (although I think we will more often than not). We just need to maintain and let the starters rest. Besides, I have a hunch Beverley is going to be involved with the second unit and Troy Daniels will spend time spacing the floor for Harden.
We're covered. Lin doesn't matter. He has a chance to redeem himself (and his fans) in LA. They've got some pieces. Jordan Hill can easily replicate Tyson Chandler's role from NYC (and is due to break out...if it is ever going to happen now is the time). Julius Randle should give them lots of hustle and athleticism on the wing. Kobe will be on the bench with Nash by Christmas. Then there is Nick Young, Boozer (another complimentary piece for Lin--he will bail him out all season long), Ed Davis, Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly....there are lots of players to like.
They will wind up scrappy, lovable underdogs and become media darlings. Take that to the bank.