Jeremy Lin An NBA All-Star? Rockets Point Guard Closing Gap In Voting; Should He Start The Game? [POLL]
Jeremy Lin is currently in third place among Western Conference guards in the NBA All-Star Game fan voting. (Photo: REUTERS)
Jeremy Lin may be an NBA All-Star this season.
The Houston Rockets point guard has closed the gap in the voting and now sits just 46,000 votes behind Chris Paul for the third starting guard spot in the Western Conference. Both Jeremy Lin and Chris Paul trail Kobe Bryant by over 400,000 votes.
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According to the Houston Chronicle, Jeremy Lin is the top vote getter for the All-Star game among Houston Rockets players. This is somewhat surprising considering teammate James Harden has averaged nearly 14 more points per game this season. Harden is currently fourth in the voting among Western Conference guards but sits over 200,000 votes behind Jeremy Lin.
According to Pro Basketball Talk, fan voting for the All-Star game ends on January 14. The fans choose the starters for the game, while the remaining participants are chosen by NBA coaches. Thus, if Jeremy Lin does not win the fan vote, there is a chance he will be off the All-Star roster altogether.
Jeremy Lin has looked somewhat All-Star worthy over the last several games. The point guard had scored in double figures in four straight games before the Rockets' victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Jeremy Lin finished with just eight points and seven turnovers in that contest.
Indeed, as we previously reported, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey even wrote a statement on Quora earlier this season defending Jeremy Lin's turnovers and poor play.
"Many of Jeremy's turnovers are charges," Morey wrote. "These are the best turnovers to have as not only do charges mean that you are being aggressive as a player (when good things often happen) but also turnover charges are not 'live ball' turnovers where teams get a higher expected value possession the other way."
But while Morey may have a defense for Jeremy Lin's turnovers, the point guard's play over the early portion of the season did not exactly warrant a bid to the All-Star game. As we previously reported, Lin at one point was shooting a historically bad 34 percent from the floor. He has since upped that number to 42.7 percent as of December 27.
Even Jeremy Lin himself called his early season play "terrible." That came immediately before the Rockets' contest with Lin's old squad, the New York Knicks. Lin went on to score 22 points in that game, despite facing some heckling from Knicks fan Tracy Morgan.
Perhaps this is the start of a late-season turnaround for Jeremy Lin, Wednesday night's performance notwithstanding. Still, most would agree that Lin's performance during the early part of the season was not worthy of an All-Star. Then again, the contest is all about the fans, and many of them would like to see Jeremy Lin take the court with other All-Stars like Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant.
Do you think Jeremy Lin should appear in the 2013 All-Star game? Take our poll below.