ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player — and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from number 500 to number 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them on ESPN.com. ESPN asked 104 experts to rate each player on a 0-10 scale.
This time last year Jeremy Lin was ranked just number 467 on ESPN’s top 500 NBA players. He’s jumped 389 spots all the way to number 78 this year. I know what some of you are thinking. Is Jeremy Lin really worthy of being this high after having basically one great month of basketball last season? Probably not, but it comes with the territory of being the NBA’s version of Tim Tebow. The only difference is, Jeremy Lin is actually good, really good if I might add. He may not be worthy now, but if he continues on this path he’s created for himself he may be within the top 50 players in a matter of no time.
It’s an exciting time to be a Houston Rockets fan. It’s also an exciting time to be Jeremy Lin. Both sides finally get what they want. The Rockets will get a huge ratings boost and a face of the franchise player in Linsanity. Jeremy gets paid top notch dollars as an elite player would get, but isn’t considered elite by most NBA gurus, at least not yet. He also gets to run the show like he did with the New York Knicks in that magical month when everyone was watching him.
The Rockets may not very many games next season, but they will be a fun team to watch, especially Jeremy Lin. I can definitely see him averaging 18 points and 8 assists a game with this young Rockets squad. He’s going to be handling the ball most of the time looking to make plays for himself and for others. He’s definitely more of a scoring point guard, but can definitely fill up the money bag with dimes. The kid has major skills offensively. It’s the defensive part of his game that he lacks.
If Jeremy Lin can work hard on his defensive skills this offseason and show he can get it done in the regular season there will be no reason to worry about him. He’s shown he has the skills and the swagger to be an All-Star, and although he will most likely be voted in by the fans to start at point guard in the 2012 All-Star game in Houston, if he can play anywhere close to what he did in that magical month last season, he will have earned that All-star nod.