Jeremy Lin: Realistic Expectations for Point Guard and the Houston Rockets

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIAugust 24, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 19: Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets speaks to the media as he is introduced during a press conference at Toyota Center on July 19, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Lin has signed a three year $25 million dollar contract with the Houston Rockets.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin enter the upcoming NBA season each with completely new teams, and for that reason the Rockets shouldn't be expected to make a playoff run just yet.

The Rockets front office made a decision this offseason to completely overhaul their previous roster, starting that process by acquiring Lin from the New York Knicks.

Former Chicago Bulls Omer Asik and rookie Jeremy Lamb join Lin as new arrivals to Houston, a team that saw more than a few departures as well.

Courtney Lee, Marcus Camby and Luis Scola are just a few of the names that will not be returning to the Rockets in 2012, meaning this team is officially in a rebuilding period.

ESPN recently predicted the final standings for the entire NBA Western Conference, using the combined inputs of over 100 of their league analysts to finalize the list. The Rockets ranked third from last at No.12 in the conference.

The only teams ESPN thought might have the ability to post worse records this coming season were the New Orleans Hornets, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings.

Fellow Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Patrick Clarke wrote a great article projecting Lin's 2012-2013 season numbers. Clarke believes that the superstar point guard should average just over 16 points per game and 5.5 assists in each contest.

Those numbers seem attainable for Lin considering the fact that he's now arguably the deadliest offensive threat the team has. That being said, don't expect the former Knick to average a double-double.

Lin should see an increase in points and possibly even assists-per-game totals now that he doesn't have to contend with the likes of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony to do so, but don't expect too much from No. 7.

Linsanity might have taken over Madison Square Garden all those months ago, but keep in mind last season was the first time the young player averaged over 10 minutes per game in his career. Just like the Rockets as a team, Lin needs some time to develop before too much pressure is placed on him.

Houston is a franchise that is well familiar with the postseason, with five appearances in the past nine years, but the fanbase needs to be patient with the team and their new superstar.

Lin has a great chance to average anywhere between 16-18 points and five to eight assists per game for Houston, but the wins will not be coming in bunches this year.

Best case scenario for the Rockets would be to finish 10th in the conference, but they'll have to beat out Golden State and Portland to do so.