Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
He unexpectedly led a winning turnaround with the New York Knicks in the 2011-12 season, generating a global craze known as "Linsanity." Lin is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, and is one of the few Asian Americans to have played in the league.
He is also known for his public expression of Christianity.
Lin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned Northern California Player of the Year honors as a senior in high school.
After receiving no athletic scholarship offers, he attended Harvard University, where he was a three-time all-conference player in the Ivy League.
Undrafted out of college, Lin reached a partially guaranteed contract deal in 2010 with his hometown Golden State Warriors.
He seldom played in his rookie season and received assignments to the NBA Development League (D-League).
He was waived by the Warriors and the Houston Rockets the following preseason before joining the New York Knicks early in the 2011–12 season.
In New York, Lin continued to be played sparingly and again spent time in the D-League.
However, in February 2012, he led the team on a winning streak and was promoted to the starting lineup.
Lin's stellar play during this period helped the Knicks make the 2012 playoffs; it also catapulted him to international fame.
In April 2012, Time Magazine named Lin as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Following his Knicks tenure, Lin battled injuries and inconsistency.
He played for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and Toronto Raptors.
Lin is the first Asian American to win an NBA title, having done so with the Raptors in 2019.