Why Omer Asik Will End Up Meaning More to the Houston Rockets Than Jeremy Lin

Vinny HardyCorrespondent INovember 6, 2012

Nov 2, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) forces his way past Atlanta Hawks power forward Zaza Pachulia (27) in the second half at Philips Arena. The Rockets won 109-102. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Isn't that an interesting thought? It's not that far fetched though. Omer Asik could mean more to the Houston Rockets than Jeremy Lin.

His value and impact could affect the Rockets more so than Lin's could. There are obvious differences between the two, but there are similarities as well.

Both are young players with limited experience and clean slates who came over to Houston as big-time free-agent acquisitions.

These guys are ready to work and continue to improve. Asik's work ethic was well documented in the weeks leading up to camp. His offense isn't there yet, but there's no indication that he's going to let up anytime soon.

The same can be said of Lin, whose 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.3 steals have gotten him off to a very solid start in 2012-13. He was thankful while evaluating himself at the same time after Saturday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Thanks Red Nation and all our fans and supporters for showing out tonight...i gotta get better but thank you for being awesome fans!!

— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) November 4, 2012

Their differences are obvious. As a big man, Asik is more unique in what he brings to the Rockets. At 7'0" 255 pounds, he brings legit size to the team. The old adage is true, you can't teach size. Especially size that is bound and determined to work and get better.

His 14.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game lead the team in those categories by far. If his output was to be removed from the equation, life would be very difficult for the Rockets.

The game has transitioned from a big man's league to a guard's league. There are more guards and perimeter players around who can fill Lin's role than there are big men who can fill Asik's.

Asik is not a big who will step out and shoot jumpers. The points he gets will be off of high-percentage shots and everyone knows his value at the defensive end.

The schedule also plays a role in who may mean more to the Rockets.

Take their next eight games as a sample size. Lin will face six (if Steve Nash is back) solid-to-good point guards while Asik will only face four big-time centers.

This will be the case throughout the season. Lin won't even face the elite of the elite point guards during that span. Asik could have an easier road when it comes to making an impact due to the lack of talent at the center position in the NBA.

It will be fun to keep an eye on Lin and Asik as they race to be great.