San Antonio Spurs: The Many Jeremy Lins of the Spurs

Garrett JochnauCorrespondent IIFebruary 13, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 27:  Gary Neal #14 of the San Antionio Spurs celebrates with George Hill #3 after hitting a three pointer at the end of regulation to tie the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2011 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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After the Super Bowl and before March Madness, the sports world experiences some downtime. Other than the occasional Blake Griffin dunk or Derrick Rose highlight, there is little excitement experienced by fans.

Jeremy Lin put an end to this downtime.

The Harvard grad is experiencing what he calls "a dream."

In a true "Cinderella story", this young point guard has gone from being waived by the Warriors to being the most talked-about athlete in the world. You can't turn a corner without hearing the latest news about the "Linsanity" that is sweeping the nation.

At times like these, its fun to remember other player who experienced a similar "rags to riches" story.

No need to look any further than San Antonio, though, as much of the roster is made up of their own "Jeremy Lins".

First, let's take a look at Texas's favorite Argentinean. Manu Ginobili was the 57th overall pick in his draft, putting him only four spots from being undrafted. The Spurs saw potential however and stole the shooting guard from under everybody else's noses.

Ginobili got off to a quick start, and despite being a "bottom-of-the-bag" pick, he was selected to the All-Rookie Second Team. He went on to appear in two All-Star games, and be elected to the All-NBA Third Team twice as well.

Tony Parker too was passed on by many teams before being selected by the Spurs in the late first round. The point guard was just elected to his fourth All-Star game. He has also been elected to an All-NBA team, and has been the Finals MVP as well.

In recent years, the Spurs have continued to end with an impressive record every season, earning them a late pick in every draft. To the Spurs, this does not mean that they will go another year without selecting fresh talent.

DeJuan Blair was a second-round pick who was stolen by the Spurs after being passed on over and over again. He was a top rookie of his draft class as well earning himself a spot on the All-Rookie Second Team.

Even more impressive is the story of Gary Neal. The Spurs' young combo guard has established himself as one of the most impressive young talents. After going undrafted in 2007, he was elected to the All-Rookie First Team when he made his debut for the Spurs in 2011.

Other notable late selections include George Hill (now with the Pacers), Tiago Splitter, Luis Scola (with the Rockets) and Danny Green claimed off of the waivers.

So as "Linsanity" dominates the sports world, its nice to show some love to the other "Cinderellas" who had their own rags to riches stories, and particularly the team that has filled the rosters with them.