Jeremy Lin has been working out with Ding Yanyuhang, the 24-year-old shooting guard from China joining the Brooklyn Nets for the Las Vegas Summer League in July.
Ding, Domestic MVP of the China Basketball Association for the second consecutive year, first played with Dallas Mavericks at the 2017 summer league and has since been called “Dingsanity.”
At the time, Ding averaged 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.3 minutes per game over 11 games. He shot .410/.227/.778, according to Nothin’ But Nets.
This year, he averaged 26.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 37.6 minutes per game for Shandong. He shot .471/.345/.774.
But Ding, who stands 6 foot and 7 inches, will be with the Nets this year.
While he originally planned to return with the Mavs — which almost offered him a two-way contract — a series of workout invitations from the Nets changed his course.
He’s been working out with the Nets at HSS Training Center and hanging out with Lin. Both have shared about themselves being together on social media.
And as far as his performance and showmanship go, announcers called him “Mr. Summer League” last year, while the crowd belted “MVP!” cheers, according to the New York Post.
Ding will be the second Asian player for the Nets’ summer league roster.
Yuta Watanabe, a Japanese guard from George Washington University, announced his participation on Friday, the Japan Times reported.