Later on today, the NBA All-Star starters will be revealed on TNT on a special pre-game show (of course, you can find out about on Twitter when a few reporters end up spoiling it a few minutes before the pre-game). One subplot on this voting was if last year’s sensation, Jeremy Lin, would make the All-Star team as a starter due to the strong Asian contingent.
He was asked about this possible All-Star berth. Jeff Caplan from NBA.Com has the story:
DALLAS — Jeremy Lin didn’t hesitate with an honest answer when asked if he feels like an All-Star.
“Uh, no,” he said softly after another choppy performance Wednesday night as the Houston Rockets lost for a fifth consecutive time…
Lin isn’t having a terrible season; he’s averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 assists per contest. He’s also third in the league in steals at 2.05 per game. But those are a far cry from All-Star numbers and certainly a far cry from his Linsanity numbers from last season.
He’s definitely not an All-Star but the fans may have a different say. In the last All-Star voting returns, Chris Paul, who was second in voting in the backcourt for the Western Conference, was only ahead by Lin by less than 50,000 votes.
Lin is capable of becoming an All-Star guard in the future. We’ve all seen what he can do and he is definitely no fluke. After last year’s dream run, he showed flashes of Linsanity this season. He tied his career-high of 38 points against San Antonio when James Harden (who should be an All-Star this year) sat out. When Lin made his return to Madison Square Garden, he absolutely diced the Knicks with 22 points and nine assists. Then in a Christmas showcase against Chicago, he went for 20 points and 11 assists. So, yes, he is certainly a good player in the NBA.
But NBA All-Star? Not this year. And even Lin knows it.