In the history of the NBA, not since the 1976 NBA/ABA merger, no player has scored more points in his first 4 starts than Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks. Lin has averaged 27.3 points per game, scoring 109 points over his first 4 NBA starts at point guard, for a Knicks team which was struggling up until the insertion of Linsanity into the rotation. New York has won all 5 games Lin has been seeing real playing time. What is even more remarkable is to consider his best game as a starter, where he scored 38 points, and did so against none other than Kobe Bryant, the best all around guard in the NBA, and the always dangerous Los Angeles Lakers.
Even more impressive about Jeremy Lin’s extreme and extraordinary NBA success is how he stacks up against some of the greatest players of all time, especially comparing to unquestionably the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan. Jordan, the Chicago Bulls Legend, his “Air-ness”, who is a 6-time NBA Champion, 6-time NBA Finals MVP, 5-time NBA MVP, 10-time NBA scoring leader, all-time NBA leader in points per game at 30.1 ppg, needs no introduction. Surprisingly Air Jordan only averaged 24.8 Points per game in his first four NBA starts
Big “SHAQ” Diesel actually slightly outscores Michael Jordan in his first four NBA starts for the Magic. The Big Diesel scored 25 points per game in his first four starts down in Orlando. Shaq’s 100 points in his first four NBA starts is third in NBA history since the merger. Allen Iverson is second all time with 25.3 points per game in his first four NBA starts for the Philadelphia 76ers. A.l., cited most recently for serious financial troubles, was at one time the most feared scorer in the NBA. Iverson was a prolific explosive scorer, with a hell bent drive to the basket, a fearless pull up jump shot, a nasty ankle breaking crossover and had the ability to knock down three point shots in cold hearted fashion. Air Jordan, SHAQ Diesel and The Answer were all incredible scorers right from the start, however they fail to match of Jeremy Lin’s miracle run.
To recap, Jeremy Lin has averaged 27.3 points per game in his first four NBA starts. That’s 2 more points per game than the rest of the Hall of Fame quality pack, and 2.5 points per game higher than the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan. Be a winner. Be bold. Be a leader. Pick Jeremy Lin. Lin’s legendary numbers will pay off big time. Tonight, Tuesday (2/14/2012), the New York Knicks take on the Toronto Raptors and Jeremy Lin’s dominance will continue. For daily fantasy basketball Jeremy Lin is a legend already.