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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2012-13 National Basketball Association (NBA) season opened with only one Ivy Leaguer on its rosters -- former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin.
Lin has been on a meteoric rise since going from being released by the Golden State Warriors after his rookie season then being cut by the Houston Rockets two days before the start of last season to signing a multi-year deal to be the Rockets' starting point guard on opening night this year.
Added to the New York Knicks roster two days after being cut by Houston last season, Lin went from seldom-used reserve to a starter for a team that plays in the World's Most Famous Arena. He averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists in 35 games, including 25 as a starter. He was a starter on Team Shaq in the 2012 NBA Rising Stars Challenge. His breakout season was cut short in late March when it was announced he would miss six weeks with a small chronic meniscus tear in his left knee.
On July 13, Lin signed a three-year deal to return to the Rockets to be the team's starting point guard.
Lin is the 42nd former Ivy to play for an NBA team and the first since Penn's Matt Maloney suited up for the Atlanta Hawks and Yale's Chris Dudley was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2002-03 season. Getting his first career start with the Knicks on Feb. 6, 2012 against the Utah Jazz, he was the first Ivy Leaguer to earn a start for an NBA team since Dudley started for Portland on Jan. 11, 2002.
Lin is the first person with Ivy League ties to appear on back-to-back Sports Illustrated covers, gracing the front of the Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 editions.
Two former Ivies are on the sidelines as assistant coaches this season -- Princeton's Armond Hill with the Boston Celtics and Brown's Stephen Silas with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman is the father of former Cornell star Ryan Wittman. Ryan was the 2009-10 Ivy League Player of the Year and a three-time, first-team All-Ivy selection. He led the Big Red to the Sweet 16 of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.