Lin joins rare company on Sunday

With a 28-point afternoon on Sunday, ,Jeremy Lin entered rare territory.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only four players since the 1977-1978 NBA-ABA merger -- Bernard King, Shaquille O’Neal, Brandon Jennings and Michael Jordan -- have scored more points in their first eight career starts than Lin’s 200.

Our buddies at ESPN Stats & Info put together a great Lin roundup at TrueHoop.

They tell us that in the past eight games -- the first eight starts of his career -- Lin’s averaging 25.0 PPG and 9.5 APG. According to Elias, since the NBA began recording starts in 1970, Calvin Murphy for the 1970-71 San Diego Rockets is the only other player to average at least 10.0 PPG and 7.0 APG in the first eight starts of his career.

To see more great stats on Lin, including how he stacks up historically against some of the NBA's greatest point guards, click here.