Since Jeremy Lin burst onto the national scene a few weeks ago, the ubiquitous media coverage has covered every angle: his style of play, his economic impact, his personal life. So if you’re looking to add some fresh content into the same old conversation with your buddies about everyone’s new favorite Knick, we’ve crunched the numbers on Linsanity into 21 easy to remember statistics- from the number of eBooks about Lin (7) to his height advantage over his parents (18 inches, combined).
21 languages in which Lin’s Wikipedia entry can be read, including Finnish, Chinese, Galician, and Indonesian.
Feb. 20: the day Lin finally made a Facebook profile; he now has 574,000 subscribers.
19 points: Miami’s advantage with Lin on the court in the February 23 game against the Knicks. The Heat won by 14 points.
18 inches: Lin’s combined height advantage over his parents, both of whom are 5’6″.
# 17: Lin’s jersey number, which became the most popular in the league in sales the first week he became famous.
16 tweets by @JLin17 since his first start against the Utah Jazz on February 6. He has nearly 550,000 followers.
15 percentage points: the rise in the stock of MSG, the Knicks’ television and radio station, since the start of Linsanity.
14 million dollars: the estimated worth of Lin’s brand as of February 13.
13 three point shots made by Lin this year, out of 39 attempts.
11 starts this year, as opposed to zero in the ’10-’11 season.
10 million dollars: Forbes’ lowball estimate of how much Lin can expect to boost the Knicks’ revenue this year, and how much he will earn in endorsement money by summer 2013.
9 million Google results for the term “Linsanity.”
8 Harvard graduates became United States Presidents instead of NBA players.
7 eBooks about Lin are now on sale, available for the Kindle.
6 consecutive wins for the Knicks with Lin in the starting lineup before losing to New Orleans on February 17.
5th place: The Knicks’ NBA ranking in attendance. They’re drawing an average 18,876 fans to home and away games. Before the Age of Lin, there wasn’t much reason to see the 8-15 Knicks in person.
4 Asian-Americans have played in the NBA, including Lin.
3 incredibly famous NBA players whose first two starts pale in comparison to Lin’s: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James.
2 consecutive Sports Illustrated covers, for the February 20 and 27 editions, with the headlines, “Jeremy’s World” and “Against All Odds,” respectively.
1 shoe deal: Lin signed a bare bones endorsement deal with Nike in 2010, but his stardom was quickly followed by more personal attention. Nike is working on getting a customized Lin shoe on the market within the month; it will include his name, number, and the Knicks colors.