Harvard grad and Taiwanese American Jeremy Lin has signed a two year non guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors.
Lin’s obviously a rare player in the annals of professional basketball.Â But is it more significant that he’s Asian or that he’s an Ivy Leaguer?
Let’s look at the numbers
In the history of the NBA, there have been 44 players who came from Ivy League schools.Â Princeton’s Bill Bradley is the most famous but the list also includes names like Dick Maguire, Geoff Petrie, Chris Dudley.Â Lin will be only the 3rd player from Harvard to ever make the jump into the NBA.
There have been less than a dozen Asian players in NBA history. Obviously Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian areÂ the biggest names. Expect that number to rise significantly in the next few years, as the league expands further into China, the Philippines and the rest of the continent.
So, for now, Lin’s heritage is a bigger deal than his alma mater. But, I’d be willing to bet that won’t be the case by the end of the decade.
Either way, King Ing LOVES him.