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Harvard in the NBA: Jeremy Lin Earns First Start with New York Knicks

Jeremy Lin '10 is averaging 7.7 points per game with the Knicks (Dave Saffran/MSG Photos).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard guard and three-time All-Ivy League choice Jeremy Lin '10 has made an impact in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the New York Knicks.

Lin, who is the first Ivy League player to play for an NBA team since Penn's Matt Maloney (Atlanta Hawks) and Yale's Chris Dudley (Portland Trail Blazers) saw time in 2003, posted back-to-back stellar performances for the Knicks this week. Lin came off the bench for a 25-point effort, while adding seven assists and five rebounds, in a 99-92 win over the Nets Feb. 4.
 
On Feb. 6, Lin became the first Ivy Leaguer to start an NBA game since Dudley in 2002 as a member of the Trail Blazers. He netted a career-best 28 points, while dishing out a career-high seven assist in a 99-88 victory against the Utah Jazz. He shot 10-of-19 from the field and was 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
 
Lin, who played in 29 games for the Golden State Warriors last season, is averaging 7.7 points and 2.9 assists per game in 11 contests with the Knicks this season.