Jeremy Lin: Grading Houston Rockets PG's Preseason Performance Thus Far

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets takes the ball downcourt during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at the Toyota Center on October 12, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Lin's new career with the Houston Rockets has finally begun. Through four preseason games, the young point guard has looked good in some areas of his game and just average in others.

Let's grade Lin's performance in the preseason thus far.

 

Scoring

This is one area of Lin's game that has not been good in the preseason.

To his credit, Lin has been more interested in finding his teammates and getting them involved in the offense. That being said, he still needs to find the right balance between scoring and being a playmaker.

The Rockets guard has shot just 7-of-28 from the field in the preseason, and hasn't made any of his eight three-point attempts. He's also averaged just 5.8 points per game.

His struggles from the outside are a concern. Lin is at his best when he keeps defenders honest on the perimeter, opening up more opportunities to get to the basket. When he's not making his three-point shot, defenses can take away the most efficient element of his offense. 

Bottom line, Lin needs to be a more consistent scoring threat.

Grade: C- 

 

Playmaking

As previously mentioned, Lin has faired much better in a playmaking role. On Wednesday, he led all NBA players in assists with 12 in a victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Overall, he has averaged 6.5 assists per game this preseason, a good number considering Lin is playing with a brand new cast of characters in Houston.

Though the team has yet to develop a fluid chemistry, Lin has done well as the floor general. 

Grade: B+

 

Defense/Turnovers

Improving defensively and limiting turnovers are two of Lin's most important goals this season.

His one-on-one defense in the preseason hasn't been bad, but it could definitely be better, particularly against the pick-and-roll.

Statistically, Lin has has averaged 2.5 steals compared to 2.2 turnovers per game. With more takeaways than giveaways to date, Rockets fans should be optimistic about Lin's development. 

Grade: B+