Houston Rockets: What Jeremy Lin Will Bring to the Table

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIJuly 19, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: (L) Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks drives against (R) Chris Johnson #17 of the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden on March 14, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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After an offseason of speculation and a hideous bow tie appearance in the books, Jeremy Lin is officially a Houston Rocket.

The New York Knicks declined to match Houston's offer sheet to Lin, which was reportedly worth $25.1 million over the next three seasons.

Even though Knicks owner James Dolan will catch heat for not signing the man that excited the entire city last season, the Rockets are the ones coming out smiling.

Since the never-ending saga of Dwight Howard has quickly become older than Betty White (and just as newsworthy), Houston's acquisition of Lin will dominate the headlines for some time.

Now that Lin is a member of the Rockets, the city of Houston will have the league's only Taiwanese-American basketball player on its roster...again.

Before Lin took the NBA by storm, he had previously spent time in Houston before the Rockets waived him on Christmas eve last year.

Now Houston is ready to make him the face of their franchise.

Lin will join a young, exciting Rockets team that had three first-round selections in this year's NBA draft.

Even though Houston will be young and inexperienced next season, Lin will bring a copious amount of hype to a team that hasn't reached the postseason in three years.

What he brought to the Big Apple last season was extraordinary.

His three consecutive 20-point games to jump start Linsanity had New York stirring while the rest of the league pushed it aside.

Then the Knicks played the Lakers, and Lin's 38 points on 10-of-13 from the field let everyone know he was for real.

Now, he has a new start in a somewhat familiar city, where the fans will show him the same support they showed Yao Ming.

Of course, it will take some time for the Rockets to succeed. After all, they have to compete in a dangerous Southwest division where even the revamped New Orleans Hornets have a shot at making the playoffs.

For at least the next three seasons, Lin will be the man in Houston and it will be up to him to lead the Rockets back to postseason glory.

Sure he's inexperienced, but last year he proved that even the most "no-named" player has the potential to succeed in the NBA.

Now he'll be surrounded with even younger talent, and an international fanbase that has ties to his Asian roots supporting him the entire time.

Linsanity may be done in New York, but in Houston, it's just getting started.