Lingendary Jeremy Lin Making a Name for Himself in the NBA, but Can It Last?

Michael BroginContributor IFebruary 13, 2012

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As of now, most NBA fans have heard the name Jeremy Lin and the things that he is doing. Lin is the epitome of what an underdog is, making an NBA roster last season with the Golden State Warriors based off his display from the 2010 Summer League where he dazzled fans against the Washington Wizards' John Wall.

A year later, Lin not only is on a new NBA team, the New York Knicks, but he is also experiencing great success. In his first four games starting at point guard, Lin has averaged over 20 points per game. As a result of his play, he has quickly gathered a fan following and now is a fan favorite.

With Lin as the starting point guard, the Knicks have stopped their losing skid and are ascending to a .500 team. Lin’s success in the NBA has garnered comparison to what Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow did in the NFL, both discussing each other as sources of inspiration.

When looking at Lin's success in the NBA, one must think to themselves, how long will this success last?

Realistically, not long. This answer is not indicative of Lin’s basketball abilities, because we all know by now that he can play; it’s a representation of the opportunity that he will have with the Knicks.

What people tend to forget is that during Lin’s success, he is doing this as the primary scorer and ball-handler on the team.

The Knicks’ two stars, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, have been absent during this time; Stoudemire dealing with family issues and Anthony recovering from injury.  Both players crave to have the ball in their hands and be the scorer, not a distributor.

In Lin’s starts he has taken over 12 shot attempts a game, which when Stoudemire and Anthony return is sure to decrease. Lin will merely be what the previous starting point guard on the Knicks was before Stoudemire’s and Anthony’s absence, a player who just sits around waiting for the two players to score.

The only way I see Lin can continue his contribution and popularity is for him to become a facilitator. If Lin becomes a facilitator, he will continue to garner accolades for his play, while continuing to make his team better. If Lin does not, then he will just be another player that made a splash on the NBA landscape with no more than a two-week legacy.