Jeremy Lin: Analyzing Impact Linsanity Will Have on Houston Rockets
Having played in just 35 games last season, Linsanity looks to have been as short-lived in the Big Apple as Tebowmania was in Denver.
Assuming the Knicks do not match and Lin takes his talents to Houston, he will be joining a roster in serious need of some offensive punch.
GM Daryl Morey made various moves to net Houston three first-round picks in last month’s draft, dealt tough point guard Kyle Lowry for a future first-round pick and forward Gary Forbes, and amnestied consistent big man Luis Scola to open up more cap space for Howard.
Given the state of the Rockets' roster, fans will be looking to Jeremy Lin to carry this young squad.
Here’s a breakdown of the impact Lin will have on the Rockets.
Despite his perceived success in New York, numbers indicate that Lin is not a stellar pure point guard.
While he does a nice job in the pick-and-roll and distributed over six dimes per game last season, he commits a staggering amount of turnovers.
Last season Lin averaged 3.6 turnovers per game. His assist-to-turnover ratio was underwhelming, at just 1.71.
Just as a reference, the Spurs’ Tony Parker put up 7.7 APG in the regular season and gave it up just 2.6 times per game. The Grizzlies’ Mike Conley was comparable. In Memphis’ first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Conley had an impressive assist-to-turnover ratio of nearly 7:2.
While Lin is no Parker or Conley, the amount of money that he is signing for suggests that he will be able to deliver in a big way.
Playing in the Wild Wild West will be an adjustment for Lin, as he will need to control the ball if the Rockets have any chance of making some noise in the conference.
Unless the Rockets make some serious roster moves, Lin will likely take on the role of go-to guy for Houston.
On a team full of young guns, it wouldn’t be too surprising for the Rockets to become Lin’s team.
His game suggests that he is not the best No. 1 option for a team, and he will need to work diligently with the Rockets coaching staff if he hopes to become one.
If coach Kevin McHale hopes to find some offensive success next season, then pushing the transition game could be the bread and butter for Lin and Co.
Filling the Stadium
Arguably Lin’s greatest asset, his popularity amongst everyday fans will have him packing the Toyota Center next season.
If he has a similar sort of impact in Houston, then Rockets brass might forgive his on-court deficiencies.
Still, Lin could seriously benefit from some added star power.
If Daryl Morey has another trick up his sleeve and can make a deal to acquire Dwight Howard, Linsanity and Superman could be the hottest ticket in town next season.
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