Jeremy Shu-How Lin is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, and one of the very few Asian Americans to play in the league. Lin spent his early childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Lin played his high school basketball at Palo Alto (Palo Alto, California) High School. In his senior year, he was named Northern California Player of the Year. After graduating from high school, he received no athletic scholarship offers and finally ended up at Harvard University. During his college tenure, Lin was a three-time All-Conference player in the Ivy League. He was named two times to the First Team All-Ivy League and one time to the Second-Team All-Ivy League.
After graduating from Harvard, Lin reached a partially guaranteed contract deal in 2010 with his hometown, the Golden State Warriors. In his rookie season, he was assigned to the NBA Development League (D-League) three times. Lin was waived by the Warriors and then later by the Houston Rockets. He signed with the New York Knicks early in the 2011–12 season.
Lin continued to be played sparingly and again spent time in the D-League in New York. At the end of the 2011-12 season, Lin unexpectedly led a winning turnaround with the Knicks while being promoted to the starting lineup. This run generated a global craze known as "Linsanity". In 2012, he agreed to sign a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets. After two seasons, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2016, he joined the Charlotte Hornets and was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets in the same season. Playing only 37 games due to injuries, Lin was traded to the Hawks in 2018.