Jeremy Lin: Why the Tim Tebow Comparisons Are Linsane

Daniel Adler@bleacherreportContributor IIIFebruary 12, 2012

A week ago, I only knew Jeremy Lin as the 58 overall point guard on NBA 2K12 for the New York Knicks. Kobe Bryant had no idea who he was until Friday night. Today, there probably isn’t a person in the sporting world who doesn’t know who the 6’3” standout point guard is.

Lin has been absolutely terrorizing teams in the Knicks' last five games. He has been averaging 39 minutes, four rebounds, eight assists and 26.8 points, all while shooting 51 percent from the floor. Oh yeah, the Knicks are 5-0 during the last five games.

So what does this have to do with Tim Tebow? Well, let’s see.

Lin was overlooked by almost every NBA team, and is now leading his team to victory. He had a ton of success at Harvard, but was told that he wouldn’t succeed in the NBA. Lin gives credit to God and his teammates, and is an extremely humble person.

His story has been all over the entire sports world and Twitter alike. He has several catch-phrases ("Linsanity," "Linning," "All I do is Lin") that come from his name.

Lin has overcome a great amount of obstacles and odds to make his way into our newspapers and televisions.

Hmm, this sounds a lot like a certain someone playing for the Denver Broncos. Lin has to be the NBA's version of Tebow, right?


Despite the above similarities, Lin is very different than Tebow.

Let’s start with his college career. Lin attended Harvard, where he had a lot of success, but didn’t receive any big-time awards or win any championships. Lin didn’t even receive a single scholarship offer coming out of high school.

Tebow, on the other hand, attended Florida, won the Heisman Trophy and lead the Gators to a National Championship. He is also considered the best college football player of all-time by many.

Lin came into the NBA as an undrafted free agent and bounced between teams and in and out of the D-league before his recent success.

Tebow was drafted with the 25th overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft.  He signed a contract worth just under $10 million. Lin, however, was reportedly sleeping on teammate Landry Field’s couch a week ago.

Lin plays the point guard the way it is suppose to be played.  He is a facilitator with great vision who can set up his teammates just as well as he can explode to the hoop. He is very intelligent and has a high basketball IQ.

The only negative thing that his critics have to say about him is that he has bad style.

Now, let’s look at Tebow. The only thing more unexplainable than his NFL success was Dick LeBeau’s game plan on how to stop him. Tebow has terrible mechanics, can’t read a defense to save his life and struggles as a strictly passing quarterback in a passing league.

So why the comparisons between the two?

Both Lin and Tebow have made great stories with their time in the sporting world’s spotlight. They’re both widely popular, and both are credited with sparking a resurgence with their struggling teams. The only difference is that Lin is doing it with a much higher level of individual performance.