He's good, but no star
There's a reason Lin went undrafted, got cut and sat low on the depth chart until recently. And, yes, his breakout is one of the best storylines of this NBA season. However, Lin's five-game run has come against three bad teams and a Lakers team with an aging Derek Fisher trying to guard him.
Lin appears to be an excellent pick-and-roll player, so that skill should translate to him lasting. And he's also in an ideal system for his skills.
But expect advance scouting to catch up to Lin and his numbers to become more modest. He's in the league to stay, just not to star.
Still too early to tell
For now, we can only refer to Jeremy Lin as an "overnight sensation."
Why? Because that's what he is. It's way too early to tell if Lin will become the "real deal." Give it time. He's done it for just five games. There have been dozens of players to come out of nowhere and produce a few solid games before returning to obscurity.
Remember Flip Murray in 2004?
No way is this an attempt to knock Lin. He's earned all this attention, especially considering his numbers. This isn't Tim Tebow completing one fourth-quarter pass and receiving all the credit.
Lin could very well keep this thing going. Until then, let's just enjoy the moment.
Absolutely the real deal
Shannon J. Owens