Los Angeles, May 8 (CNA) Injured New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin ranked among the 100 best NBA players during the 2011-12 season, according to the U.S. sports website Bleacher Report.
Lin, who underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee on April 2, ranked 59th in the top 100 NBA player list compiled by website columnist Adam Fromal.
Fromal said the second-year point guard sparked a Linsanity craze that was unlike anything he had witnessed in his lifetime of following sports.
"The crazy thing is, he deserved the hype," Fromal wrote in the website's entry on Lin.
After having been waived twice at the beginning of the season, Lin exploded onto the scene in February to lead the struggling Knicks on a seven-game winning streak and has since become one of the NBA's biggest stories of the season.
Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, averaged 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.3 blocks and 1.6 steals per game before sustaining the season-ending knee injury.
While the 23-year-old Harvard economics graduate has been chewed up by some critics for turning the ball over too much, Fromal said that was "merely a product of the ball always being in his hands."
"His usage rating of 28.0 this season was ridiculously high and his turnover percentage of 21.4 reflected that. 21.4 is high, but by no means unbearably high," Fromal wrote.
The usage rate calculates how often a player uses a team's possession while on the floor either by field goal attempt, free throw attempt or turnover.
According to an ESPN NBA players usage rate ranking, Lin ranked 11th, with a usage rate of 27.6 percent. Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers led the league with a usage rate of 33 percent.
Fromal further said that Lin, with his craftiness and sneaky athleticism, should cash in this summer and continue to improve.
"He absolutely has the look of a legitimate starting point guard in the league, and it wouldn't shock me at all if he became a top-40 player or better by the end of the 2012-2013 season," Fromal added.
In Fromal's list of the league's top 100 players, Lin ranked 13th among point guards.
Seven point guards ranked among Fromal's top 20, indicating the league's wealth of talent at the position.
Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers was the highest rated point guard, ranking fourth in Fromal's top 100.
The top three players picked overall by Fromal were Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade.
(By Oscar Wu and Sofia Wu)