Where Lin sits among the league's best point guards depends on where you stand on the 25-year-old.
Supporters could say that, in just 117 games the past two seasons, he has gone from a virtual unknown to a viable playmaker. As for his detractors, the case can be made that there are still many flaws in a player receiving an enormous amount of media attention.
In his first full season as a NBA starter, Lin averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 assists a game. He also shot 44 percent from the field. His 236 turnovers (2.9 a game), however, was 10th worst in the league (although it is better than James Harden's 295 turnovers, which was the most of any player in the NBA).
With Dwight Howard joining the Rockets, the expectations will be amplified. D12's presence takes some of the spotlight off of Lin, but it is still imperative that he works on the weaknesses in his game.
In honor of his 25th birthday today, here are seven steps for Jeremy Lin to salvage his much-scrutinized career.