Plenty have pointed to Jeremy Lin and James Harden's similar playing styles as a source of conflict, but that won't hold true for much longer.
As former Knicks great Walt "Clyde" Frazier pointed out (via Jonathan Feigan of Ultimate Rockets) Lin and Harden are not unlike he and Earl Monroe:
Jeremy is like me, and Harden is like Earl. He likes the ball. I was the guy who created. They have to find the harmony to make that happen. I’m sure as the season goes on, Harden is not going to want to be out here, 30 feet away, trying to maneuver to get in. It’s tiring, man. If he’s got a good guy like Lin who can set him up to get easy shots, that’s going to prolong his energy level.
Struggles are to be expected at this juncture. Harden and Lin are still new to each other. But their versatility will ultimately render what appears to be an impediment, a strength.
Both Lin and Harden can run point, which allows them to play with and without each other effectively.
When together, Lin can run the offense and set Harden up with some easy looks off drive-and-kicks. When separate, Harden is both free and capable of running the point himself, thus getting a taste of playing on the ball.
Yes, that balance still must be fully realized, but it's staring them right in front of the face. Bear in mind that both players are in the top 30 in assists per game. Only one other starting backcourt (Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings) can lay claim to such a feat.
So don't discount Lin and Harden's potential to succeed both with and without one another, because it's only going to help further their value as a dynamic duo.