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5. Jeremy Lin

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After playing just 55 minutes in the first 23 games, ex-Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni gave Lin an opportunity against the Nets on Feb. 4, and Linsanity was born. Lin was the story in New York, and in sports, before a knee injury ended his season.