The Rockets came close to making the playoffs the last three seasons, but ultimately fell just short each time and ended up with the last lottery pick in each draft.
Though they’ve been through major remodeling this summer, the Rockets will field a young and talented team that will have time to develop together on the court.
Lin will certainly be among the veteran leaders on a team filled with youth and inexperience. It would say a lot about Lin’s ability to lead if the Rockets can sneak into the playoffs as a result.
Granted, they don’t currently look poised to earn a playoff berth, but only time will tell.
Lin missed last season's playoff run because of injury, so having an opportunity to show what he can do in a series is big.
For a team on which a young player like Lin may step up as a leader, a playoff berth is certainly a best-case scenario.