Finding the Next Jeremy Lin: NBA Benchwarmers with Cult-Hero Potential

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Finding the Next Jeremy Lin: NBA Benchwarmers with Cult-Hero Potential
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When Jeremy Lin made the transformation from 12th man to superstar in a matter of weeks in the winter of 2012, no one—not even Lin himself—saw it coming. (He admitted as much to GQ.)

Who's to blame him? Who could realistically expect to go from being one game away from a D-League demotion to a 30-point head-to-head duel against Kobe Bryant in one week's time?

Lin's monster run with the New York Knicks in the 2011-12 season will live in infamy for the way he rose from absolutely nowhere and took the league by storm. Along with the Miami Heat's championship run, it's one of the most memorable images of the 2011-12 season.

Who's to say it can't happen again?

The following players are all who currently average fewer than 20 minutes per game, but with starters' minutes, could take the league by storm and create their own version of Linsanity. Or, if nothing else, they could at least carve out a solid role on a team.

(All stats and records are current through games played on Nov. 25. Players arranged in alphabetical order.)

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