Team: Brooklyn Nets, #7
Position: Point Guard
Height/Weight: 6’3″, 200 lbs.
Date of Birth: August 23, 1988
Place of Birth: Torrance, California
College: Harvard University
Jeremy Lin is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets. A California-native and Harvard graduate, Lin’s unlikely rise to NBA stardom transformed him into one of the game’s most popular players, and gave birth to the phrase “Linsanity”.
Born in Torrance, California, Lin was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Palo Alto. Lin attended Palo Alto High School, leading the Vikings to a 32-1 record and Division II state title his senior year. Lin was subsequently named first-team All-State and Northern California Division II Player of the Year. Off the court, Lin achieved an impressive 4.2 GPA throughout high school. Despite his successful senior season, Lin did not receive a single scholarship offer, opting instead to play collegiately at Harvard University, a program that does not offer athletic scholarships.
Though at a size disadvantage compared to many of his teammates and opponents, Lin’s stellar court awareness and balanced game resulted in him becoming one of the most gifted Ivy League athletes of all-time. Lin earned All-Ivy League Second Team honors during his sophomore year and was a consensus selection for All-Ivy League First Team his junior season. Lin’s complete game allowed him to regularly fill up the box score—during his Junior season, he was the only D1 men’s basketball player who ranked in the top ten of their conference in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, blocked shots, field goal percentage, three-point shot percentage and free throw percentage. Lin burst on the national scene during his senior season, as he was named a midseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award and a Bob Cousy Award finalist. That season, Lin led Harvard to a program-best 21 wins. Lin finished his collegiate career as the first Ivy League player in history to record at least 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists, and 200 steals, and ranks first all-time for games played (115) at Harvard. Lin graduated from Harvard with a degree in Economics and a 3.1 GPA.
After going unselected in the 2010 NBA Draft, Lin participated in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks, posting strong numbers and outperforming many top draft picks. Lin’s impressive summertime showing led to him signing a two-year deal with his hometown Golden State Warriors. Lin spent his seasons in Oakland going back and forth between the D-League and coming off the bench for the Warriors backcourt. Following the
2011 NBA lockout, Lin was waived by the Warriors, signed by the Houston Rockets and subsequently waived two weeks later. On December 27th, 2011, Lin was claimed off waivers by the New York Knicks.
During his initial weeks with the Knicks organization, Lin was praised for his work ethic, drive and focus. Coach Mike D’Antoni inserted Lin into the lineup, and he immediately transcended expectations, tallying 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists on February 4th against the Brooklyn Nets. In the following game against the Utah Jazz, Lin again dazzled, recording 28 points and eight assists. On February 11, Lin dropped a career-high 38 points while going toe-to-toe with Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, and on February 14th, Lin nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer in a Knicks win over Toronto. Lin’s awe-inspiring run resulted in a seven-game win streak for the Knicks, a stretch that birthed the global admiration of Lin known as “Linsanity’. In Lin’s 12 starts before the All-Star break, he averaged 22.5 points and 8.7 assists, earning a spot in the Rising Stars Challenge during the NBA All-Star Weekend. Lin became a restricted free agent after the season, signing with the Houston Rockets. In his first full season with the Rockets, Lin started all 82 regular season games.
Following stints with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers, Lin signed a one-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets heading into the 2015-16 season. There, he played an integral role on a Hornets team that made the playoffs for just the third time in the last 12 years. During the 2016 offseason, Lin signed a three-year, $36 million, deal with the Brooklyn Nets. In his home opener, Lin nearly tallied a triple-double, finishing with 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Throughout his career, Lin has amassed a global fan base—particularly in Asia—due in part to his Taiwanese heritage and his breakout stint with the Knicks. He was named to Time’s 2012 “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” list, and won the 2012 ESPY Award for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Lin is a devout Christian, a passionate philanthropist and an avid gamer.
Jeremy Lin joined Roc Nation Sports in October of 2016.