Houston Rockets: Predicting Jeremy Lin's 5 Favorite Targets
So many questions have been asked about the Rockets' upcoming season. The anticipation continues to build.
Much of the excitement and speculation has obviously been centered around new point guard Jeremy Lin. How will he handle everything? How effective will he be leading the team? What kind of numbers will he put up?
In this article we'll look at something else worth wondering about.
When he's dishing out assists, who will the bulk of them go to? Who will he build an on-court chemistry with to the point where eye contact is all that it takes for both players to know what the other will do?
Here's a few guys who may top the list for being on the receiving end of Lin's dimes.
Honorable Mention: Omer Asik
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Yes, the fact that Omer Asik is on this list will seem odd to say the least. Take a second and think about it though. He is known for his defense and rebounding, that was his role with the Chicago Bulls.
Opposing defenses still aren't going to pay much attention to him. They'll leave him open and dare him to shoot.
Add in the fact that Asik has been tirelessly working on his offensive game and he just might be on the receiving end of a few more dishes and lobs than we might expect.
5. Terrence Jones
When Terrence Jones gets the ball, he knows what to do with it. It doesn't matter where he gets it either.
He can finish out on the perimeter as well as take it to the rim.
As a member of the new rookie trio he's obviously very young, but he has played at a high level. In two seasons at Kentucky, he appeared in two Final Fours and won a National Championship.
His good hands, versatility, athleticism and willingness to play physical will help him become a nice target for Jeremy Lin. He can't wait to get started.
4. Jeremy Lamb
Like his fellow rookie Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb has also played at a high level, playing in a Final Four and winning a title while at Connecticut.
Hopefully this will enable him to be wise beyond his years as well.
His game is as smooth as silk, and he drives in hard even though he appears to be gliding. His movement without the ball and ability to catch and shoot will lead to several dimes for Lin right off the bat.
3. Carlos Delfino
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As the elder statesman on the team, Carlos Delfino will use his experience to be on the receiving end of many of Jeremy Lin's passes.
The subtle nuances of moving without the ball and coming off of screens properly will pay nice dividends for both parties.
With so much youth on the roster, he'll be able to impart some of this knowledge to the younger players and help speed up their transitions.
2. Royce White
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Royce White, the third new young rookie, enters the league as a fully grown man. He will more than hold his own and be a huge headache for the opposition.
At 6'8" and 270 pounds, he possesses that unique combination of size, speed and strength that poses so many challenges for defenses.
Guys like White will make it fun to be a point guard, as Jeremy Lin will soon find out.
1. Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons absolutely absolutely attacked the rim with reckless abandon last season as a rookie.
This season, his shooting should continue to come around and he should see all the work on his shot pay off.
He made all of those plays without the benefit of a full training camp or preseason.
It will be exciting to see Parsons and the other young Rockets when they get out and run this season. When they do, all Jeremy Lin will have to do is put the ball in the same time zone as the rim.
Look out below.