Jeremy Lin: Players Who Will Benefit Most from His Arrival
Now that Jeremy Lin and all the "Linsanity" that comes along with him will be playing in front of home crowds in Houston, his presence will instantly make the Rockets and his teammates better off.
The Rockets signed Lin to a three-year, $25 million contract during the offseason, and they made a statement that this is his team after they traded last season's starting point guard, Kyle Lowry, to the Toronto Raptors.
Now that Lin is bringing the ball up the court for the Rockets, here are two players who will instantly benefit from his arrival.
The Rockets decided to take a risk by bringing in Omer Asik, the backup center for the Chicago Bulls last year, with a three-year deal worth up to $25 million. It was a lot of money to spend on a player who hasn't proven himself to be a starter in the NBA yet, but that's the type of money teams need to spend in order to acquire a center these days.
Now with the starting role well in his sights and Lin passing him the ball, the future looks bright for the young Turkish star.
Lin is not only a scoring guard, but he can drive and dish with the best of them, which should give Asik plenty of easy scoring opportunities. Tyson Chandler, who is generally known for being more of a defensive presence on the court, emerged as a scoring threat in New York last year when Lin became a starter.
Expect the same to happen with Asik in Houston.
One upon a time, Kevin Martin was one of the top rising stars in the game with the Sacramento Kings. He was already considered one of the top scoring 2-guards in the NBA during the 2006 season. But once he was traded to the Houston Rockets, his development plateaued and he never emerged as one of the top scorers in the NBA like many expected.
However, Martin is the shooter on this Rockets team. Last year wasn't his best season shooting threes, but he made 176 in 2010, which was the third-most in the NBA that season, behind Dorell Wright and Jason Richardson.
Steve Novak was the spot-up shooter on the Knicks last year when Lin was in the starting lineup, and he saw his productivity rapidly increase with Lin kicking the ball out to him in the corner.
While Martin is much more of a pure scorer than Novak, he can effortlessly hit his jump shots when he has room. And with Lin coming to Houston to relieve Martin from some of the scoring duties, it will give Martin some room to make plays like he did with the Rockets in 2010.
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