Earlier today, as I was traveling to work, I was listening to the B.S. report 2/17 episode in which Bill Simmons was talking with Chuck Klosterman about the similarities and differences between Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow.
They talked about how both of them were such unlikely stories, statistical anomalies really, and how the 'underdog against all odds' dynamic made them the huge headlines they have become. Simmons and Klosterman also talked about the American-Asian dimension to the Lin story. There have been Asian athletes like Nat's pitcher Ching Ming Wang, golfer Yang Yong-eun and of course giant bigman Yao Ming, but there has never been an American of Asian descent who became such a success and who's such a regular dude's, dude like the average sized and average lookin Jeremy Lin. This guy speaks to all Asians everywhere and even non Asians who just like the unlikely story.
And that's where it dawned on me. Jeremy Lin speaks to the billions of Asian people all over the world and really all basketball fans who like an underdog story. That means he will be a lock as an All Star starter for years to come... Remember how Yao Ming was an automatic lock for the All Star game every year since he was drafted? He didn't deserve them half of the time and even got voted in the 2011 All Star game, despite being sidelined for pretty much the entire season for crying out loud!
With Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade pretty much locked in at the two guard slots right now, one of them is going to lose their starting gig to Lin. So, automatically one of the two reserve guard spots will go to either Rose or Wade, leaving just one more reserve guard spot open.
Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, Lou Williams, Brendon Jennings, André Iguodala, Joe Johnson, Kyrie Irving, Jrue Holliday and John Wall will all be fighting over that 4th and last reserve guard spot on the team. And that's without counting iffy potentials like Darren Collison, Kemba Walker and Landry Fields or iffy oldies like Ray Allen, J.R. Smith or Rip Hamilton (if the Bulls win it all).
I think Wall will make 1 or 2 All Star teams during his career, but unless he takes the Wizards to the conference semi's or the finals as the alpha dog, year after year, he will not be a perennial All Star. There is just to much competition and even if Lin would prove not be the better player over Wall and the others, his popularity as an Asian will ensure his starting job for pretty much Wall's entire career.