Jeremy Lin is an NBA player currently on the Los Angeles Lakers. He is best known for a quick rise to fame in February 2012 with the New York Knicks, which was nicknamed “Linsanity.”
Lin played four years of college basketball for Harvard University and went undrafted in 2010. He played in just 29 games as a rookie and played 20 games with the Reno Big Horns of the NBA D-League.
He signed with the Houston Rockets in December 2011 but was released before playing for the team. He then signed with the Knicks later in the month. After a one-game stint in the D-League, he broke into the team’s rotation in early February.
Lin’s hot play began against the New Jersey Nets. He piled up 25 points, seven assists and five rebounds off the bench to lead the Knicks to a victory. In coach Mike D’Antoni’s uptempo scheme, Lin averaged 25.0 points, 9.2 assists and 2.2 steals while leading New York to eight wins in nine games.
“Linsanity” was marked by a pair of peaks. First came a 38-point performance against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Lin followed that up by making a game-winning three-pointer to beat the Toronto Raptors on Valentine’s Day.
While he cooled off considerably after his blistering start, Lin finished the 2012 season averaging 14.6 points and 6.2 assists for the Knicks.
Lin signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Houston Rockets in July 2012. He paired with James Harden to lead the Rockets to a playoff appearance in 2013 after averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 assists.
Lin was moved to the bench in his second season in Houston and averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists.
In July 2014, Lin was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.