His Airness has high expectations for point guard Jeremy Lin.
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan accompanied his team to China for NBA Global Games China 2015 and spoke to reporters in Shenzhen about Lin, who is of Asian-American descent.
"We just got Jeremy Lin, who I think is going to be our biggest acquisition," Jordan told the Xinhua News Agency. "His penetration, his shooting capability, his point guard savvy, he can really pass the basketball, his energy about the game of basketball."
Following a frustrating 2014-15 campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers, Lin joined the Hornets on a two-year, $4-million contract this offseason. He's expected to back up starter Kemba Walker at point guard, although the two will likely share backcourt time in certain two-point guard lineups.
The addition of Lin will certainly help the Hornets' defunct offense, which produced just 97.6 points per 100 possessions last season (28th in the NBA). Lin is a strong attacker off the pick-and-roll and a decent spot-up shooter from deep, which should give Charlotte a capable replacement for veteran guard Mo Williams, who left in free agency.
However, Lin's acquisition was overshadowed by Charlotte's offseason trade for small forward Nicolas Batum, who's already been named the club's "first or second option" offensively by head coach Steve Clifford.
No such pronouncements have been made about Lin's role in the Hornets' attack, beyond sharing the court with Walker. In fact, Lin's biggest impact for the club may be in his celebrity appeal, which should draw no shortage of attention to the Hornets over the next two seasons. Lin continues to have a dedicated following in Taiwan and China, countries that represent two of the NBA's biggest growth markets.
The 27-year-old Lin averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 assists in 25.8 minutes per game with the Lakers last season, while shooting 36.9 percent from three-point range.