Jeremy Shu-How Lin is 23-years-old, and was born on August 23, 1988. Lin grew up in Palo Alto, California, where his parents chose to raise him after emigrating from Taiwan to the US in the ‘70’s. Jeremy Lin stands at 6’3”, which is amazing, considering both of his parents are 5’6”.
Fun Fact: Jeremy’s parents must have loved the letter “J”, because both of his brothers’ names begin with it. Josh is Jeremy’s older brother, while Joseph is his younger brother.
Lin played collegiate basketball at Harvard University for four-years, and went undrafted, despite scoring 1,482 points, grabbing 487 rebounds, dishing out 406 assists and stealing 225 times during his time at Harvard.
He graduated from Harvard with a degree in economics, as well as a 3.1 GPA.
Lin was a two-time all-Ivy League first team, in his junior and senior seasons, as well as all-Ivy League second team in his sophomore year.
Had Lin been drafted, he would have been the first Ivy Leaguer drafted since 1995, when the TimberWolves, in the second round, selected Jerome Allen of University of Pennsylvania. None-the-less, after being signed to a two-year deal by his hometown Golden State Warriors, Lin became the first Ivy League in the NBA, since Yale’s Chris Dudley in 2003.
Now, at 6’3”, 200 lbs., Jeremy Lin is a physical player. Last year with the D-League team, the Reno Bighorns, Lin averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
According to Hollinger, Lin is a “big, aggressive point guard who rebounds well for his size and draws fouls.” And on defense, Lin has a “great nose for the ball and good hands.”
He is an active defender, which helped him gather 33 steals in 285 minutes last season. His superb steal rate equates to about one steal every ten minutes, a very impressive rate for a young point guard.
Lin excels at getting to the basket. I believe that with the Knicks, Lin’s production will skyrocket, because he will be able to hand the ball off to Amare Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler at the hoop, or dish the ball out to Carmelo Anthony or, say, Steve Novak for the three-pointer. Last season, about 60% of Lin’s assists came at the rim, while around 20% came from deep. With such talent at both of his passing spots, I expect Lin’s assists to go up.
I love this addition, and since his non-guaranteed contract is valued at just under $800,000 this season, Dolan’s wallet should not be affected should this signing not work out.
I’m going to stay positive and hope that Lin can develop into a solid back up, or even a starter for the future, as well as take Bibby’s rotation spot this season. Lin should get some good minutes for the next 2-4 weeks, while Shumpert rehabs his strained MCL, so it’s your spot to win, Jeremy.
Oh, and according to GoCrimson.com, Jeremy “Enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music and going to church.”