It hurts to say, but Jeremy Lin has been a disappointment since signing with the Houston Rockets this summer.
Lin's name has become sexier than his game, which is only good news if the Rockets want to fill empty seats at the Toyota Center.
As Grantland's Zach Lowe mentions, the odds that the Rockets trade Lin are extremely slim, but it's an interesting thought to ponder now that James Harden is in town:
Would they actually trade Lin, a potential marketing bonanza? Extremely unlikely. There is value in having two capable ball handlers against defenses increasingly bent on forcing teams to swing the ball from strong side to weak side, and it's early to pull the plug on an enticing player. Houston could also cut its cap figure by doing any number of less dramatic things, including declining what amounts to a second-year option on Carlos Delfino — himself trade-eligible on Saturday, and a useful piece for a good team in need of a backup shooter.
The truth is, Lin has yet to develop into a true point guard, and it doesn't look like he's ever going to. Lin loves to dominate the ball and has a tendency to over-dribble out on the perimeter.
Lin is firmly established as the point guard of the future for the Rockets, but in order to be an effective one, he's going to need to kick some bad habits.