Expert: Putting “Linsanity” in Perspective

Professor crunches numbers for Jeremy Lin’s winning streak.


Jeremy Lin, the 23-year-old point guard of Taiwanese descent has led the New York Knicks to seven straight wins, so far. How rare is this streak?

Alan Reifman, a professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, who studies sports streakiness and conducts “hot hand” research, can speak to sports trends and statistical probability. His blog can be found at


Reifman is also the author of the forthcoming book “Hot Hand: The Statistics Behind Sports’ Greatest Streaks.”



Alan Reifman, professor, Human Development and Family Studies, (806) 742-3000 ext. 274 or

Talking Points

  • Jeremy Lin as a modern-era record breaker
  • Lin’s shooting percentages and how they compare to other leading NBA point guards
  • Lin is not the only NBA player on a hot-streak right now


  • “The New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin has recently captured the imagination of sports fans with his creative moves to the basket and hot shooting.”
  • “He’s achieved some statistical milestones that are not easy for players at the guard position to attain. On one measure of shooting percentage, Lin has recently done something that the L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant hasn’t done in more than a year, and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose hasn’t done for nearly two years.”