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