Jeremy Lin: What the Houston Rockets Can Expect from New Point Guard
Through 35 games last season with the New York Knicks, Lin burst onto the scene, averaging 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game. He shot 44 percent, but only 32 percent from the perimeter.
The biggest question mark surrounding Lin revolves around his knack for turning the ball over, as he averaged 3.6 per game last season, and whether his hot start was an just an aberration.
As for the turnover numbers, expect Lin to cut his turnovers down over the coming years. He was still adjusting to the pace of the NBA during his meteoric rise in New York and turnovers are just a part of that adjustment.
Point guards are surely supposed to protect the rock, and his turnovers per game put him alongside Steve Nash, at 3.7 per game, and Rajon Rondo, at 3.6 per game.
That alone shows that Lin should not fret too much over turnovers, as pushing the tempo and being aggressive on offense will usually lead to a higher turnover rate.
Regardless, Lin will become more comfortable as he continues his acclimation to the NBA.
With his sudden and short-lived rise to superstardom in New York last season, fans are eager to see if Lin can maintain that level of play over the course of an 82-game season.
Although the Rockets should not expect Lin to drop 38 points on the Lakers every time they match up, they should be confident in boasting a young, exciting guard capable of scoring the rock.
Furthermore, Lin can also set up teammates when his shot is not falling. He had double-digit assists in seven of 25 starts this season.
Perhaps the most guaranteed aspect of Linsanity is that he will always have a large following and draw fans to games. The Knicks rode the Lin hype all the way to the bank last season, as the Knicks’ value grew by $600 million since Lin’s first start.
Houston can rest easy knowing Lin, who is already one of the league’s most recognizable faces, is now running the show for the Rockets.
With the amount of money the Rockets are owed Lin, which breaks down to $8.4 million per year, he is being paid like a typical point guard in the league.
Lin is not a superstar point guard by any means, but a decent starter. He makes less than Devin Harris, Rodney Stuckey and Goran Dragic, who each earn $8.5 million a year. But he will be paid more than players such as George Hill and Mike Conley.
In that sense, Lin will be exactly what the Rockets are paying him to be, a solid point guard that is capable of winning games and leading the team.
If he turns out to be able to replicate the performances he had through his 25 starts, then the Rockets will be looking like the smartest team in the league.
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