The NBA recently released the results of the first round of All-Star voting, in terms of fan votes. Jeremy Lin was the sole player of the Brooklyn Nets to be on the list.
Already, just one week into All-Star voting, there have already been over six million more votes cast than during the same time period last year. Many of these votes went to Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin, who landed in the top 10 for Eastern Conference guards.
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Lin ranked eighth in voting for the Eastern Conference backcourt with 59,562 votes, behind the likes of Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, and DeMar DeRozan, who topped the votes. Trailing Lin in the top 10 were his former teammate on the Hornets, Kemba Walker, and Boston Celtics combo guard Avery Bradley.
The 28-year-old point guard was set to have a stellar year for the Nets, as he played well before he suffered his second hamstring injury of the season. Lin has played in just 12 games so far this season, posting 13.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. In terms of points and rebounds per game, these numbers fall just a tad short of his “Linsanity” year with the Knicks.
Nonetheless, it’s clear that Lin would’ve excelled as the starting point guard on the Nets. Fans only have to wonder how much better Brooklyn would be if Lin was consistently on the floor. Arguably, the Nets have yet to show their full potential because of players regularly coming down with injuries, Lin being the prime example.
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Still, Lin is making a huge statement in fan voting for the All-Star Game, which make up 50 percent of the vote. All current players and a media panel split the rest of the vote, accounting for 25 percent each.
Lin previously participated in All-Star Game festivities twice, once during his year in New York, and once during his first year in Houston. While with the Knicks, he played in the Rising Stars Challenge, after being excluded from the original Rising Stars roster. Lin was added to the player pool after his incredible breakout with the Knicks.
The following year with the Rockets, Lin finished third in voting behind Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul for the two starting guard spots of the Western Conference. However, he was selected to compete in the Skills Challenge.
Although it’s still unclear when Lin will return to the court, it’s great to see that he has a supportive fan base that’s constantly sending him love and votes.
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