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Ah, yes. Jeremy Lin.
Diehard Lin fans will say he belongs at No. 1 on this list. Haters will proclaim he is lucky to be on the list at all.
Is he as good as his 25-game starting gig in 2012 with the Knicks where he averaged 18 points and nearly eight assists?
Is he bottoming out at his current levels of 12 points and six assists per game?
Lin is show-stopping good on occasions and hair-pulling frenetic other times. His unique skill set separates him from most other point guards.
His combination of speed, ball-handling and passing ability are similar to Steve Nash. But with Nash having accumulated far more accolades (two MVPs, for starters), the current Lakers point guard is several rungs higher on the career ladder.
But, Lin has not yet finished the script for the rest of his career. He has a total of 102 NBA games under his belt, a little over a full season. Give the guy some time.
His turnovers could be curbed. His shot selection could be more prudent. And to be more like Nash, he will most definitely have to become more of an efficient shooter.
There is no need to crown him as anything more than a promising player at this point in his maturation. Time will tell.
But coming short of Nash does not equal a failed career. Many quality players (even All-Star quality) have failed to equal Nash.
If the 2012-13 season is the basement line for Lin and Nash's peak years are the ceiling, there is plenty of wiggle room for Lin's path to follow.
Rockets fans should be excited about his potential. There is plenty of it.
If all breaks well, he could achieve similar stats to Nash, most likely without the individual awards, though.
BEST CASE SCENARIO: a poor man's Steve Nash.