ESPY Awards 2012: Players More Deserving of Breakthrough Athlete Than Jeremy Lin

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  NBA New York Knicks player Jeremy Lin arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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The ESPY’s are ridiculous.

They awarded the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year to New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin on Wednesday night, who had about one good month of play to “earn” the award.

Sure averaging 20.9 points, 8.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds for the month of February was grand, but he only played in 13 more games for the entire year after that.

He started the season by getting shown the door by the Houston Rockets and was buried on the bench before his grand month of February by the Knicks. 

Just because the former Harvard grad has a cool story and plays in NYC doesn’t mean he deserved the award over these nominees.


Robert Griffin III - Baylor Bears

He took a mediocre college football team to heights that haven’t been seen in years in Waco and did so with incredible class and humility.

Are you going to try and tell me that throwing for 4,293 yards, 37 TDs and six INTs while completing 72 percent of his passes isn’t better than a good month by Lin?

Did I mention that he also won the Heisman, arguably the most prestigious trophy in sports? He proceeded to then get selected No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins, a year after projecting to be nothing more than a mid-level draft pick.


Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

Gronk was expected to be a solid receiving tight end in the NFL when he was drafted in the third round of the 2010 draft out of Arizona.

After showing steady progress, he exploded this past season, catching 90 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. No tight end had ever recorded more yards or touchdowns.

He was awarded with a spot on the All-Pro team for his efforts.

Not bad for a 23-year-old.


Anthony Davis - Kentucky

Most college basketball fans had no idea who Davis was entering the 2011-12 season.

Then he collected the game-winning block against North Carolina in December. Then his team earned a top seed in the NCAA tournament. Then he won Most Outstanding Player of the tournament in route to winning a championship.

Davis finished the season averaging 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.6 blocks as the undisputed best player in the sport.

Naturally he was drafted No. 1 overall in the draft and is now expected to be the savior of the Hornets. Pretty decent seven-month stretch if you ask me.

All things considered, I believe Davis should have earned the award over Griffin III. Lin should have been third. 



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