Lin is the first Ivy League alumnus since the turn of the century to make the NBA Finals (photo courtesy Ron Turenne/Toronto Raptors/NBAE).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Helping the Toronto Raptors top the Milwaukee Bucks in six games in the Eastern Conference finals, men's basketball's Jeremy Lin '10 became the first Crimson alumnus to reach the NBA Finals in program history.
Lin joins 11 other Ivy League players in the conference's history to reach the NBA Finals, and he is the first since Yale's Chris Dudley reached the series with the New York Knicks 20 years ago, in 1999. Lin and Dudley are the only Ivy League alumni to reach the NBA Finals over the past 40-plus years.
Helping the Harvard program rise to prominence, Lin averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game across 115 games at Harvard. The Palo Alto, California native has averaged 11.6 points 2.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game over nine NBA seasons.
Lin and the Raptors will face the Golden State Warriors in the best-of-seven series beginning on Thursday, May 30. Should the Raptors win the series, Lin would become the seventh Ivy League player to win an NBA championship.