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Although much of Lin’s initial success could be attributed to being unscouted and underestimated, Lin is a legitimate NBA point guard: His court vision, deceptiveness and unorthodox means of scoring are all valuable parts of his offensive repertoire.
After much success in his first season of big minutes with the Knicks, he will likely flourish on a Houston team that favors a fast-paced transition game similar to that of Mike D’Antoni’s system in New York.
It should also be noted that following the firing of D’Antoni in favor of current Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, the Knicks offense favored Carmelo/Amare isolations over Lin's playmaking.
Although Lin’s turnover rate (almost five per game) was cause for concern at times, in a recent interview with Rockets.com, Lin admits he spent a lot of time this offseason improving his decision-making skills and his passing mechanics.
Although Lin is not as athletically gifted as some of his counterparts, he more than makes up for it with his basketball IQ and sound fundamentals.
Lin will also help reduce the stagnancy that hindered the Rocket’s effectiveness in the half-court thanks to his passing and ability to create his own shot.
With the help from sophomore Chandler Parsons and veteran scorer Kevin Martin, the Rocket’s will have good pieces at the 1, 2 and 3 spots—especially with Lin at the helm.