Jeremy Lin Will Benefit from Stable Situation with Houston Rockets in 2013-14

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Jeremy Lin Will Benefit from Stable Situation with Houston Rockets in 2013-14
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For the first time in his brief NBA career, Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is set to enter a second season with a team.

After making 29 appearances off the bench for the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11, starting 25 games for the New York Knicks two seasons ago and becoming a coveted free agent last summer, Lin signed a three-year deal with the Rockets, thus ensuring that he would finally settle into a home and a role in the NBA.

Although Lin's numbers were nothing to write home about in 2012-13, he did manage to start all 82 regular-season games for Houston, averaging over 13 points and six assists in 32 minutes per night.

In his second year with Houston, Lin is set to benefit from that sense of stability. After all, before last season he had to constantly sit on edge wondering how long he would be around.

Last season, Lin shot 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc. But with a better understanding of Kevin McHale's offense, more time to play alongside James Harden and the acquisition of Dwight Howard, Lin is sure to have a much more efficient campaign this time around.

With multiple stars now running the show in Clutch City, Lin can take a backseat and focus on playing his game while developing into a complementary piece. 

His 13 points per game will be a non-issue when Harden is attempting nearly 20 shots per night as well as contending for the scoring title and Howard is leading the league in rebounding. As long as Lin is playing efficient basketball and making the most of his opportunities, he'll be playing a critical starting role for the Rockets once again this year.

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It's safe to say that Lin's memorable run in February 2012, when he averaged 20.9 points and 8.4 assists per game for New York, was more the result of an unknown player getting hot rather than anything else.

But Lin not stealing the show night after night in Houston doesn't mean he's not a vital piece to the Rockets' championship puzzle.

He's still the team's second-best creator behind Harden and a solid perimeter defender. He ranked 14th in the league last season in steals per game, averaging more than defensive stalwarts like Tony Allen and Corey Brewer.

Lin isn't productive enough to warrant the star label, but he's a quality starter without question, and one that is destined to improve as he settles into a home and role with the Houston Rockets next season.

 

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