Jeremy Lin: Players Who Would Benefit Most by Point Guard's Arrival in Houston
My how the tables have turned, and certain Rockets players should be thrilled that they have.
ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley reports that the Knicks completed a sign-and-trade to acquire their former point guard, Raymond Felton.
The assumption is that the Knicks won't match on Lin due to the acquisition of Felton.
Since Lin joining the squad seems to be imminent, the Rockets' ever-fluctuating roster filled with talented forwards and tweeners should have a legitimate, stabilizing force at point guard to build around.
Here are the three players who would benefit most from the point guard's arrival.
The talented, super athletic Kentucky product was a first-round pick this year, but the knock on him has been that he doesn't always have the right attitude.
Although it has been a small sample size, Lin has shown that he is humble and knows how to carry himself like a professional.
There is still a lot of potential for Jones to play pick-and-roll with Lin. This can get him a lot of open looks early in his career that will help him develop a more consistent jump shot.
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If Jones starts finding his range from the perimeter, he could develop into one of the best 3/4 tweeners in the NBA over the long-term.
For now, Jones can also rely on his athleticism a little more with Lin at his side and not be forced to rush his development.
The 2011 first-round choice had a nightmare rookie campaign, which was spent mostly in the NBA Developmental League playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Morris played in only 17 games for the Rockets and shot an abysmal 29 percent from the floor, which is awful considering how efficient of a shooter he was at the University of Kansas
To call Morris a bust is premature, but he certainly needs a little bit of a fire lit under him if he is meant to recover from such an underwhelming start to his NBA career.
Who better to embody the living proof of bouncing back from a nightmare first season than Lin?
Before going Linsane, the Harvard graduate was just another scrub point guard, bouncing between the D-League and the Golden State Warriors.
Despite his relative inexperience, Lin didn't shy away from laying into Knicks veterans last season when he was upset with how things were going on the court.
The combination of Lin's competitive fire and improbable back story could allow Morris to blossom and not make the Rockets regret their investment in him last June.
As talented of a scorer as Martin is, his slim frame of 6'7" and just 185 pounds has been prone to injury.
The veteran is entering his eighth year, and he needs a big season with lottery pick Jeremy Lamb ready to pounce on an opportunity to take Martin's starting slot.
Martin isn't the greatest passer, but he also doesn't stagnate the offense when looking for his own shot. He's very decisive with the basketball, and can shoot from anywhere in the gym.
The penetration ability of Lin will give Martin more opportunities to spot up from three-point range, where he has proven to be deadly over the years.
Something that would definitely curb Martin's susceptibility to missing games would be encouraging a more perimeter-oriented game. This is precisely what Lin would facilitate as the team's floor general.
Even though Martin is a phenomenal free-throw shooter and has a knack for getting to the bucket, continued collisions in the paint aren't in his or the franchise's best interest moving forward.
Martin shouldn't have to rely so much on dribble penetration with Lin in the fold and should still easily score 20 points per game.
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