Jeremy Lin’s unceremonious departure from the New York Knicks initially caused unrest, but both the Knicks and Houston Rockets have benefited from the transaction.
When the 24-year-old leaped off the bench to save a Knicks team plummeting down the standings, Lin became a fan favorite in the Big Apple. After scoring 14.6 points per game and capturing the country’s affection, Lin’s return to the Knicks seemed like a mere formality.
So it stung that much more when Lin signed an offer sheet with Houston that New York failed to match.
The Rockets, before acquiring James Harden, needed someone to draw excitement to a squad that constantly finished just shy of a playoff bid. Angry at Lin for forcing their hand with a backloaded contract, the Knicks turned back to Raymond Felton, who led the team two seasons ago before they shipped him away in the package for Carmelo Anthony.
Around one-third into the season, both the Knicks and Rockets can feel satisfied with their decisions since each point guard is playing at a high level for a team surpassing expectations.
Let’s take a further look to see how New York’s former floor general stacks up against its new one.