Jeremy Lin provided an amazing spark to the New York Knicks, and the team's fanbase, last season. As the "Linsanity" craze began to die down, however, his flaws were exposed and former teammate Tyson Chandler wasn't afraid to point that out.
Chandler talked about Lin in relation to New York's new duo at point guard, Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd. The veteran center believes they will run the Knicks offense more efficiently than the breakout star, who's still learning how to play the position, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
"Baron was hurt the whole year and giving us everything he had. Jeremy was a young point guard who was inexperienced, who brought a great light to the organization. But as far as being able to run the offense and putting players in the right position he just wasn't there. We got some veteran point guards that are capable of doing that."
Not only is it terrific analysis from a player who's played with several different point guards during his career, but it also points toward the biggest challenge facing Lin as he prepares to take over the reigns over the Houston Rockets offense.
He must learn how to lead an offense over an 82-game span, not just for a couple weeks. Defenses will have adjusted to his playing style, which relies on quickness and attacking the rim. Now it will be his turn to show growth as a player to counteract that.
It's easier said than done, of course, especially with a lack of talent surrounding him in Houston. Aside from Kevin Martin, who will be looking to rebound from a down season, the Rockets have a lot of inexperienced players slated to be in the rotation.
Players like Jeremy Lamb and Royce White will be relying on Lin to create offensive opportunities for them, something he struggled to do on a consistent basis with the Knicks.
More importantly, he must do it without turning the ball over. The one number that sticks out like a sore thumb from last season is Lin's nearly four turnovers per game despite averaging only 27 minutes.
That's why there's always a lot of talk about when discussing assist-to-turnover ratio. Getting a lot of assists is great, but if it comes at the expense of a lot of turnovers, the net gain is minimized. So Lin has to work on his decision-making skills as well.
The Rockets signed Lin with the hope he would build off last season's success and become their starting point guard for many years to come. It's far from a guarantee, though, and there will be plenty of growing pains along the way.
He certainly has the raw talent to succeed, but fans in Houston shouldn't expect him to come right in and dominate. It's going to take some time for him to settle into his new role, and even longer until he fully understands the finer points of playing the position.
Chandler didn't seem like he was taking an unnecessary shot at Lin, even praising him for some things he did in New York. He has just giving his honest assessment of Lin's game and it was a pretty accurate one.
Now it's up to Lin to improve and show he can lead an offense to success in the NBA.
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