Jeremy Lin: Expectations and Inexperience Will Be Rockets PG's Worst Enemies

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 2, 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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Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is one of several players who can't escape the NBA magnifying glass this coming season.

The overnight sensation burst onto the scene last winter with the New York Knicks when he strung together some impressive individual performances and helped jump start the struggling ball club.

This season, though, the pressure to succeed will be thrust solely on the shoulders of the 24-year-old floor general. 

Why is that a problem?

Because the high expectations surrounding Lin as well as his inexperience will derail his first season in Houston. And there will be no Carmelo Anthony or Amare Stoudemire to help carry the burden of failure.

As far as expectations go, Lin is expected to exceed his statistical output from a year ago now that he'll be a starter. Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists last season for New York in just under 27 minutes per game. Houston fans will expect those averages to rise this season as Lin sees more court time with the Rockets. 

If Lin struggles to keep his field-goal percentage up and his turnover numbers down, then the questions will become more and more ramped as to what he's doing wrong and whether the Rockets made the right decision to sign him.

Neither Lin nor the Rockets' organization need any added drama and attention in 2012-13.

That scenario leads right into the inexperience factor. Lin has only played in 64 NBA games and has just 25 career starts coming into this season. If the going gets tough early on, don't expect him to bounce back like a veteran point guard would.

The bar was set extremely low for Lin last season, and therefore the world was in shock when he went on a tear midseason with the Knicks. This year though, unrealistic expectations are being placed on the shoulders of an inexperienced player, which can only end badly.

In other words, Lin has set the bar too high for himself coming into this season, and it will take him knocking it down a few times before he will finally clear it again. 

When he does clear it however, we will find out just how talented he really is. As a realist, I can't help but believe that Lin is an average NBA point guard. Hardly an exciting statement, but it just might be the truth.

Lin isn't the player that went on an 11-game tear last February, and he's not the player that had as many points as turnovers against the Miami Heat before the All-Star break. He's somewhere in between those performances, and high expectations and inexperience will reveal that this season in Houston.

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