Linsanity in the NBA

 

Linsane. Linsanity. All I do is Lin. Linmania. 

 

"All I Do Is Lin"

 

These phrases above are just a few of what come to mind to fans when they are asked about what Jeremy Lin brings to the NBA. Within Lin’s first three starts to his NBA career and four games overall, he has scored at least 23 points and 7 assists. With stats like these, you would assume this player went to college on a scholarship and then got drafted somewhere during or after graduating.

Try again. 

Not only did Jeremy Lin go undrafted by the NBA, he didn’t even receive a college scholarship to play anywhere.

 

Yes, you read that right

 

His senior year of high school proved to be outstanding. Averaging 15 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals, Lin was a runaway for the Player of the Year award in Northern California Division II. As far as recruiting went, Lin took control of the reigns and sent out his resume and highlight film to all Ivy League schools, CAL, and his dream schools: UCLA and Stanford. After the PAC-10 schools could only give him a chance to walk on during the school year, Harvard University and Brown University were the only two teams to delegate a secure placement on the team for Lin. After weighing his limited options, he decided to attend Harvard.

 

By his junior year at Harvard, he was the only player ranked in the top ten for scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, blocked shots, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point shot percentage. His senior season, he assisted Harvard in breaking multiple school records including: 21 conference wins, 11 home wins, 11 road wins and he finished his career as the first ivy league player to score at least 1,450 points (1,483), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (406) and 200 steals (225). AS IF this wasn’t enough work for a college student, he also graduated from Harvard with a degree in Economics with a GPA of 3.1.

 

These stats weren’t enough to get Lin drafted in the 2010 draft however. In five summer league games he averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 steals in 18.6 minutes per game and shot a team leading 54.5% from the floor. He first turned heads when he was matched up with John Wall, the first overall pick of the NBA draft and Lin kept with him the entire game. Following the summer games, Lin received four contract offers before eventually signing with the Golden State Warriors. This is when Lin’s character began showing through to fans. The other four contracts offered more money but since the Warrior’s were his dream team while growing up, he chose to go with them. After a touch and go first season, the Warrior’s ultimately let Lin go in order to free up salary cap space for other players.

 

Finally the New York Knicks picked Lin up after being passed around for adoption with a few different NBA teams. On January 23rd, the Knicks called Lin up from their D-League team and the rest is history.On February 4, 2012, Lin had 25 points, five rebounds, and seven assists—all career-highs—in a 99–92 Knicks victory over the New Jersey Nets. The next game, he had his first career start. With the stats starting to add up and more people begin joining Lin fan base, The Associated Press called Lin ” the most surprising story in the NBA”. Magic Johnson’s first encounter with Linsanity definitely left an impression…

“The excitement [Lin] has caused in Madison Square Garden, man, I hadn’t seen that in a long time.”

A fan shows support for the newly traded Lin to the Knicks

Despite being a point guard for the New York Knicks, he has maintained a humble attitude and sleeps on his brother’s couch in a one-bedroom apartment on the Lower East Side. This attitude is why there have been so many loving articles written about this new NBA talent. His hard work, unfailing faith in himself, and refusal to give up are all components of this current Cinderella Story. Lin has always been open about what makes him a good basketball player. He isn’t flashy, he isn’t going to make the highlight realm, but he’s constant. He is a dependable player that will always work hard and give you an array of scoring, rebounding, and assisting.

 

Finally, basketball isn’t all that Lin is focused on. He attributes his success so far to his faith and considers it in every decision he makes. He eventually wants to become a pastor.

“I am not saying I am better than anybody else, but I am going to try to live the way I have always lived and try not to change just because I am in the NBA.”

 

So, to recap, Jeremy Lin is devoted to God, a family guy, humble, a hard worker, smart, undeniable, and is an all star NBA Player. In my opinion, Lin has just begun to effect everyone around him, and we are all witnesses to his story.

 

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