Jeremy Lin has yet to distinguish himself among NBA stars. He still needs to develop creativity and technique and refine his shot setup. Lin still has years ahead of him in which to establish a track record as a starter.
What he has done is distinguish himself among players who have played in the NBA Developmental League. For many players, the NBDL is a stage on which they can sustain their careers. Now, for Lin and others, the developmental league is just a temporary pen in which they exercise their skills against inferior talents.
Mostly, players who pass through the NBDL get through their time there and don't return. After a tour in 2010-'11 and a game in 2011-'12 Lin is almost certainly to do just that.
Following is a list of players who have made it through the NBDL and gone on to establish themselves better in the NBA.