Full Report Card Grades for Jeremy Lin at NBA Quarter-Season Mark

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Full Report Card Grades for Jeremy Lin at NBA Quarter-Season Mark
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It's every Harvard graduate's favorite time: report cards!

Let's face it: Most NBA players value a three-pointer much more than a 3.0.

College for most was about exposure and learning the game—a training ground for the pros. What college was not about was the grades.

But one NBA player—just one—graduated from Harvard with a degree in economics, and to a Harvard man, making the grade always matters.

Thus, I am honored to be grading Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin's basketball season.

So does Mr. Lin go to the head of the class? Flunk out? Or more likely, does he fall somewhere in between?

I'll grade in four categories:

• Offensive game

• Defensive game

• Intangibles—like leadership, doing what the coaching staff asks of him, off-ball contributions to the game and the like.

• Value: Is Lin playing to the level of his contract and to his potential? In other words, does his game have the value to the Houston Rockets that they anticipated having when they signed him?

Does everyone have their number two pencils—and a cheat sheet written on the inside edge of their Converse All-Star Chuck Taylor soles?

(That's how I cheated in high school: When I crossed one leg over the other, the notes were right there in my lap. Look where it got me! See the final slide for a visual depiction in case you feel inspired to emulate me...though I take absolutely no responsibility if you get caught.)

OK, Mr. Lin: Dean's list, or dunce cap?

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