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Surprisingly, the Harvard graduate ends up being the one with the lowest grade.
When the Rockets signed Jeremy Lin to a three-year, $$25,123,938 contract, they expected the player who energized crowds at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks last season.
Right now, Lin is averaging 11.0 points and 6.1 assists per game. He's shooting just 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from downtown.
To be fair, Lin is still young and has more time to develop. Additionally, not all of his struggles can be pinned on him. For example, Lin is now often reduced to settling for jump shots instead of driving the lane or finding the open man.
Those two skills happen to also be such strong aspects of James Harden's game.
I'm not saying the two can't co-exist, but the offensive scheme is flawed. It definitely shows, as the Rockets average just 105 PPG with Lin on the court, compared to 111.8 PPG with him sitting on the bench.
Defensively, Lin is no lockdown defender either. He does average 1.7 steals per game, but he allows opponents to average 13.7 points and 7.4 assists per 36 minutes, while shooting an effective field goal percentage of 51 percent. All of those numbers are better than what Lin is giving on offense.
Not all has been bad. Lin has cut down on turnovers, but he has to improve offensively.