Is Jeremy Lin the most underpaid NBA Player? According to the reports the former Houston Rockets guard is one of the most underpaid NBA players.
The Paper City Mag quotes, “Lin is making $2.1 million this season. That’s not just a far cry from the three-year, $25-million deal the Rockets nabbed him with post Linsanity; it’s less than half the NBA’s $4.9 million average salary. Which is absurd for a 27-year-old with Lin’s production and potential.”
Given Lin’s brilliant track record with the Hornets, nobody seems to care about his underpaid contract. He has been outperforming his contract with little care from the NBA fraternity, suggested reports.
Sportrac provides the complete contract details of Jeremy Lin. The contract reads, “Jeremy Lin signed a 2 year / $4,374,255 contract with the Charlotte Hornets, including $4,374,255 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $2,187,128. In 2015-16, Lin will earn a base salary of $2,139,000. Lin has a cap hit of $2,139,000 while his dead money value is $4,374,255.”
He sealed a multi-season guaranteed contract with the Rockets and many other lucrative endorsements.
Lin’s life changed dramatically in February 2012 when injuries pushed him into the New York Knicks’ starting lineup. He struggled to be on an NBA roster and then accounted for 20 or more points and seven or more assists in each of his first five starts. Sports Illustrated as well as other New York magazines fell in love with back-page term “Linsanity.”
Lin has dramatically improved his playing standards and even invaded the Minnesota Timberwolves Defense quite easily. Albeit less playing time with the Hornets, his influence on the game has been phenomenal.
“I kept looking in the fourth quarter (to get starter Jeremy Lamb back in), but Jeremy Lin was really the one who did the best job on Kevin Martin,” Charlotte Coach Steve Clifford told reporters after the game with the Wolves.
Jeremy Lin, Charlotte Hornets
#7 PG6′ 3″, 200 lbs
Born: Aug 23, 1988 in Palo Alto, CA (Age: 27)
Experience: 5 years