Jeremy Lin: Why Houston Rockets' Star Won't Make All-Star Squad in 2012

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Jeremy Lin: Why Houston Rockets' Star Won't Make All-Star Squad in 2012
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Jeremy Lin is an International superstar in the NBA, but he's not an All-Star.

After the New York Knicks chose not to match the Houston Rockets' offer to last season's NBA sensation, Lin signed a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet with the Rockets, according to News Day.

Lin burst onto the scene last year to help the Knicks clinch a postseason berth by averaging 14.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.2 APG and 3.6 turnovers per game.

He thrived in pick-and-roll situations alongside teammates Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler in 2011, but that was in New York.

Lin is now in Houston, where big men Patrick Patterson and Omar Asik aren't quite the talent of Stoudemire and Chandler.

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Back in mid-July, I predicted what Lin's statistics would be during his first year back with the Rockets, and they weren't worthy of an All-Star appearance.

Don't get me wrong, I respect what Lin did for the Knicks and how he ignited that team, but to offer him a hefty contract like Houston did after just 25 starts is insane.

Maybe Lin does exceed my expectations and has just a filthy-good season, but he still has other point guards in the West to contend with for an All-Star spot.

Tony Parker and Chris Paul have nine All-Star selections between the two and were both All-Stars last season.

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Russell Westbrook is going to be an All-Star for the next decade at this rate, and the addition of Steve Nash to the point guard mix in the West doesn't bode well for Lin.

Other notable point guards in the West include Ty Lawson, Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry.

Now, whether he deserves to be voted in and whether he gets voted in are two different scenarios.

Since the NBA All-Star game selections are voted on by fans, it wouldn't be a shock to see Lin voted in whether he was having an All-Star-worthy season or not.

He's beloved by not only U.S. fans, but from fans all over the world.

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The Chinese tend to vote for players from their home country, regardless of what type of season that player is having or if he's even healthy enough to play that weekend.

In the future, I'd like to see David Stern and the NBA brass change the way the All-Star game is voted on. Not that I want to see the fans taken out of the equation, but something needs to be changed so that the most deserving players receive the nod.

I'm not rooting against Lin—I just think that come mid-season, there's going to be a number of point guards who are more deserving of an All-Star selection than Jeremy Lin. 

 

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