Having joined the Rockets just days before the start of the regular season, James Harden is still figuring out his role on the team.
This was supposed to be Jeremy Lin’s team, but the acquisition of Harden makes things a little trickier. Both are selfless players that will thrive playing alongside each other in the long run, but their roles need to be established early.
Harden has been doing the heavy lifting early with a whopping usage rate (an estimated percentage of team plays used by a player while he was on the floor) of 30.3, by far the best on the team. After that there is a steep drop-off.
Lin’s usage percentage is just 18.1, seventh best on the team and just behind the underwhelming Carlos Delfino.
If the Rockets are paying Lin to be their second option, then he needs to develop his game to the point that he is an accountable second banana to Harden.
Lin and Harden are still figuring each other out, and the results should be encouraging later in the season.