Jeremy Lin: From Harvard To Hardcourt

Jeremy Lin is an Asian-American with big hoop dreams. He led Division II California champions Palo Alto High School as team captain. Lin was a legitimate Division II player of the year. However, no Division I school would offer him a scholarship.

This made him switch to plan B which was to go to a school not known for its basketball program, Harvard University. As a Crimson he averaged 16 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists in his senior year, possibly reminding us of the all around basketball savvy of Andrei Kirilenko during his years as a Crimson.

Lin is an undrafted rookie who now plays in the NBA Summer League for the Dallas Mavericks. He has so far impressed GM Donnie Nelson and owner Mark Cuban. He showed he had great basketball IQ, sharp shooting from the perimeter, passing skills reminiscent of former Mavs Steve Nash and he is not afrrarid to mix it up underneath the hoop. During the game against the Washington Wizards, he took John Wall to school with his cerebral plays.

It looks like Jeremy Lin has impressed a lot of people in the ongoing summer league. Whether he lands in an NBA roster or not, he can always fall back on his other credentials anyways- a degree in Economics at Harvard University.

5 thoughts on “Jeremy Lin: From Harvard To Hardcourt

  1. Jeremy Lin is the most productive and efficient per-minute player on the Mavericks summer team for scoring, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He’s shooting 55% from the field, and 66% from 3-point land. His last game he took only 6 shots and scored 12 points. His game is legit, he can play with the best.

    Even though he showed he can hold his own (if not dominate) against the #1 overall draft pick John Wall, he still has a TON of potential to grow, and the sky’s the limit for him. He is learning more every single game. He is clearly a much better backup point guard than Roddy or Barrea.

    For those naysayers pointing out the turnovers, those will cut down the more experience he gets. Also, John Wall had 8 turnovers for 2 straight games leading up to the Mavericks matchup, for some perspective. Lin also has less total and less per-minute turnovers than Roddy does.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Jeremy Lin has potential to stay in the NBA for the long term. He does not rely on pure athleticism but he uses his solid fundamentals and high basketball IQ.

  2. agreed but i came from a different view angle.

    i am a guard too so while numbers are important, that’s not where i get my impression of jeremy lin from.

    i can just relate to both him and john wall as a player. the way they dribble, hop step, split defenders, make passes, etc are all what a good guard should be able to do in my humble opinion. a lot of pro players don’t have that solid basic foundation down but both jeremy lin and john wall work hard on their games…

    i’d have to say john wall’s more talented because of his natural atheleticism but jeremy lin apparently works harder on his game than john wall. at this point they are comparable (those NBA scouts are idiots and racists). jeremy lin is slightly physically stronger than john wall but if wall puts up a few pounds he’ll be all right.

    i didn’t have to look at the numbers jeremy put up efficiently in his limited minutes. just from the way he handles the ball, i already knew that those nba teams are retarded for missing him in the top ten picks. at least he shouldn’t have gone undrafted. what a shame… they just think asian kids can’t ball, sad fact.

    sometimes the process means more than the end result.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Jeremy Lin has solid fundamentals, no doubt about that. He reminds me of Jason Kidd who may not be the most athletic guard but he compensates with hard work and smart basketball. While we are seeing more athletic players these days, the smart player will outlast them. Lin has good vision of the playing court and he has a variety of passes- drop passes and long bounce passes that also reminded me of Steve Nash. By the way, Steve Nash is another good example of a smart player who does not possess the athletic abilities of most NBA guards. Nash is 36 while Kidd is 37 years old and both still have some good playing years left. Most players relying on their athleticism are going downhill in their early 30’s. Jeremy Lin should do well in the NBA.

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