Lin doesn’t believe he had done enough to seal a place in the All-Star Game.
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin says he is “thankful” for not being voted into the NBA All-Star game on Sunday night.
Despite his big move to Houston in the off-season after ‘Lin-sanity’ stormed the world during his stint with the New York Knicks, Lin believes he didn’t deserve his spot on the roster for the Western All-Stars.
“I’m kind of thankful I didn’t get voted because when…I want to make sure I’m fully, fully deserving of it, when I play. And I didn’t feel that was the case this year,” he told csnhouston.com after practice on Monday.
Considering the level of competition Lin faced, with the likes of Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker all featuring for the West during the game, it is easy to see why he was so understanding.
While he harbours hopes of one day being selected on merit, his numbers this season suggest he isn’t quite ready to make that step yet.
Lin has started all 55 of Houston’s games so far this season, averaging 12.6 points, 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
While that is by no means a poor return, it perhaps falls short of All-Star quality, especially considering the numbers of the aforementioned trio chosen ahead of him.
While Lin was pleased for team-mate James Harden who made his first All-Star appearance, he also admitted that selection in the game isn’t what he strives for.
For now, he will be fully focused on helping the Rockets secure a place in play-offs as they currently sit in the eighth-seed spot in the Western Conference.