Jeremy Shu-How Lin (Chinese: 林書豪; pinyin: Lín Shūháo; born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of college, the Harvard University graduate reached a partially guaranteed contract deal with his hometown Golden State Warriors. Lin is the first American player in the NBA to be of Chinese or of Taiwanese descent.
No. 17 New York Knicks
Date of birth August 23, 1988 (age 23)
High school Palo Alto
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
College Harvard (2006-2010)
NBA Draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro career 2010–present
2010–2011 Golden State Warriors
2010–2011 →Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2011–present New York Knicks
By his junior year during the 2008–09 season, he was the only NCAA Division I men's basketball player who ranked in the top ten in his conference for scoring (17.8), rebounding (5.5), assists (4.3), steals (2.4), blocked shots (0.6), field goal percentage (0.502), free throw percentage (0.744), and 3 point shot percentage (0.400), and was a consensus selection for All-Ivy League First Team. He had 27 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds in an 82–70 win over 17th-ranked Boston College, three days after the Eagles had knocked off No. 1 North Carolina.
In his senior year (2009–10), Lin averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks, and was again a unanimous selection for All-Ivy League First Team. He was one of 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award.
On July 21, 2010, Lin signed a two-year deal with his hometown Warriors, his favorite team growing up. Lin's deal was partially guaranteed for 2010-11, and the Warriors hold a team option for the second season. The reports noted that the deal would include a first-year salary of close to $500,000 with more than half of it guaranteed. On December 12, 2011, Lin was claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets. He was waived by the Rockets before the start of the 2011–12 season on December 24, 2011, so they could sign center Samuel Dalembert. The New York Knicks claimed Lin off waivers on December 27 after an injury to guard Iman Shumpert.