Jeremy Lin is not the best point guard in the NBA; in fact, he's not particularly close to that honor.
If that's news to you, I hate to burst the ESPN-inflated bubble. As good as Lin is, the Linsanity phenomenon has been aided by off-the-court factors.
That sports media outlets have all taken notice of the New York Knicks go-to floor general is natural. American audiences tend to perk up when the story revolves around an undrafted underdog from a basketball wasteland who bucks the traditional NBA narrative, with the Mecca of the sport as his backdrop.
But the self-proclaimed "sports leader" has gone straight Tim Tebow with its coverage.
It's essentially handed itself over to the Knickerbocker and said, "do with us what you will, youngster." Actually, given the myriad of missteps the sporting monolith has made, that's an insult to the Harvard grad—an Ivy Leaguer would've done better.
Regardless, with that sort of hype amplifying his already considerable exploits, Lin's legend is threatening to outpace his reality. Let's be honest—he's been the New York Knicks' starting point guard for less than half a real season. It's been an entertaining run to be sure and the 23-year-old has flashed some serious skill, but we're still talking about a limited sample size.
Nobody establishes himself as the Association's best at anything in so short a span.
Not even with influential co-conspirators.
What Lin has done, however, is establish himself as the Knicks' savior, one of the league's better point guards and possibly even an elite one. With the improvement that comes with experience, Linsanity might eventually reign over a ranking of the best players at the position.
For now, though, he'll have to settle for a lesser rung on that ladder. The question is: which rung?