Now that Jeremy Lin has gone from potential journeyman to marketing gold and a starting spot with the Houston Rockets, the latest craze is searching for the next Lin. Okay, I'll bite.
Undrafted free agents don't turn into stars every day, so there's a solid chance that none of these 10 players ever make it at the NBA level. That said, if there's a next Lin in the near future, it will be one of these guys.
To qualify, a player must meet a number of criteria.
1. He must have gone undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft or be set to go undrafted in one of the next two drafts. This disqualifies Isaiah Canaan, C.J. McCollum, Ray McCallum and the other small-school players who are all but guaranteed to be taken as one of the 60 picks.
2. He can't have played for a big-name basketball school. Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Michigan State, Kentucky and the other schools known to produce NBA players are all out.
3. He must play point guard.
These aren't the guys who most closely emulate Lin's playing style, but rather the ones who could follow his career path.
Let's meet 'em.