Oct 22, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Chris Copeland (14) prepares to take a shot prior to the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Carrier Dome. The 76ers defeated the Knicks 98-90. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Will Chris Copeland Write his Own Jeremy Lin Story in 2013?

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Last season was a good one for New York Knicks’ fans.

While it wasn’t the best year in terms of wins and losses, the team did win its first playoff game in about a decade, but more importantly Madison Square Garden was rocking for a two month stretch. The reason for all the excitement that surrounded last year’s team was simple- Linsanity.

Mar 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

What Jeremy Lin did a season ago to capture the attention of basketball fans everywhere (and non-basketball fans) was nothing short of amazing.

By now, everyone knows the story of how Lin ended up wearing a Houston Rockets uniform this season, but do the Knicks have a similar story this season in Chris Copeland?

Their stories are similar.

While Lin went undrafted and bounced around from team to team and spent some time in the D-League before finally getting his opportunity with the Knicks last season; Copeland is a 28-year old rookie who spent the past five seasons playing in Europe.

What Copeland did in the preseason was very impressive, averaging 15 points in 25 minutes of action. He showed his versatility, playing both forward spots and spending some time at center. He also showed that he can knock down an outside shot and seemed more comfortable and gained more confidence with every minute he spent on the floor.

Copeland won a battle for the Knicks’ 15th roster spot in training camp, but with Amar’e Stoudemire out for 6-8 weeks, he could end up playing a bigger role on this team than anyone ever imagined.

Like Lin, Copeland has some work to do in other areas of his game, most notably on the defensive end of the floor.  Also like Lin, Copeland has become instantly popular very quick among the Knicks’ fan base.

Will Copeland have the impact Lin did?

Not likely. The way Lin captured the attention of America is something that happens only once every handful of decades.

However even if Copeland isn’t the sequel of Linsanity, he’s still a great story. One that’s certainly worth keeping a close eye on.

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