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Jeremy Lin thinks he will still be an All-Star. Someday.

Nov 21, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

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Based on his play so far this season, Jeremy Lin doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star. He’s been below replacement level. Frankly, he’s looked a young point guard learning how to play in the league and finding his game. He’ll improve, but that’s a process.

This year, if the fans don’t vote in Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant as the starters for the West, they are doing it wrong.

Lin likely has no problem with that, but he still has his trademark confidence and thinks he will be an All-Star someday, he told ESPNNewYork.com.

“At some point, for sure. Right now I have a ways to go, but at some point, yes. I try to get better every year, and if I do that and work on the things that are problems for me right now, I definitely think I’ll have that chance.”

Lin probably will be an All-Star someday, and probably sooner rather than later — because the fans vote. And Lin is still wildly popular. Look at it this way: How many years was Yao Ming voted a starter even though he could barely walk? Lin is popular stateside and worldwide and someday that could well translate to an All-Star appearance.

What’s more, in a couple years Lin’s game might be more deserving of the honor. He’s not there yet. Right now he’ll just try to go play like his old self against Raymond Felton and the Knicks on Friday.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Yao had all of China voters & soon enough Lin will to, so J-Lin I agree with you on being an allstar!!!

  2. footballfanatic589 - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    ya hell be an all star this year, because of the stupid fan voting. Lins going to have all the Yao Ming supporters that voted him in every year. Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant Western Conference Backcourt allstars wooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  3. parlett316 - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Yao also had the talent to the ban all-star. The jury is still out on Lin.

  4. omniusprime - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Jeremy Linept will be a comedian before he’s ever an All Star. Linept’s comment about being an All Star someday is one of the biggest sports jokes of all time, right behind Tiny Tim Teblow being an NFL All Star. Kurt reveals a sad truth that because fans vote for the All Star roster he may very well become an All Star although he’ll never deserve it by earning it with All Star play. Yeah China fans kept Yao Ming on the All Star team when he didn’t deserve the honor because he couldn’t even play during the regular season.

    • namriverrat69 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      The ever present omniscience at work again.

    • skids003 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      You must be a hater of nice guys. I bet you love Kobe and DHoward.

  5. dunkindan - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    How are his stats looking?

  6. hartdaddy - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    “Jeremy Lin thinks he will still be an All-Star. Someday.”

    & I think I”ll be having a four way with Candice Swanapeol, Joan Smalls & Adrina Lima…thinking is fun!!!!!

    • powerpc20 - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      difference is, Jeremy’s already in the League and has hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of fans. methinks his chances of making it to the ASG are a little bit better than yours with those 3.

  7. boxingfan1019 - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    10.5 ppg, 2 steals per game, 6.6 assists per game and 4.5 rebounds per game ain’t that bad. all-star, no. but worse than a replacement player? no.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Not in terms of efficiency he isn’t.

  8. fanz928 - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I would take race out of this

  9. aswerty911 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    terribly written article.
    1) Jeremy Lin getting votes from China and the Yao fanatics? Someone give this guy a diversity lesson, Yao is Chinese, Lin is Asian-American. Obviously the author cant differentiate between the two. China is obsessed with Yao because he’s actually from the country and is a product of their system, Jeremy Lin is not….and to think they are about them on similar levels is ridiculous.

    2) Yao got on the all-star team cause he had solid seasons to back it up. Just like Vince Carter was voted on even when he was injured half the season. Dont even get me started on Vinsanity’s undeserved all star appearances. For Yao it had little to do with all the votes flooding from China. If you look at the breakdown of the numbers he still would’ve started if you took out all the votes from China.

    3)Look at the depth at the guard position and center. Who were you gonna vote for if not Yao? Shaq may have taken some votes but who else? It was Yao by default. China or no China.

    What do you want him to say? THat’s he’s gonna be a future euroleague player? He said he had a long way to go and he’s working towards it.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:19 AM

      Lin is exceedingly popular in China. I know where he was born, I know the whole Taiwan/China thing, but I also talk to the people that took Lin to China this summer to help sell shoes. He’s not Yao popular, but he’s closer than you think. Also, Yao made the all-star team in years he didn’t and couldn’t play.

  10. kavika6 - Nov 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    He won’t be voted in as a starter. Too many great guards ahead of him to even include him on the list. Coaches have more common sense, no way will they vote him in.

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