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Candidates: Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley and James Harden
Looking at this group and the role in question, you may have some questions. Namely, why are James Harden, a shooting guard, and Patrick Beverley, a backup point guard, included?
At first glance, it does seem strange. But when examining the advanced stats, it's clear that the Rockets have a number of players capable of handling and dishing the ball.
According to Basketball-Reference, among Houston Rockets players who appeared in more than 40 games last season, Lin (29.4), Harden (25.7) and Beverley (24.2) finished first, second and third, respectively, in assist percentage.
As you can see, there isn't a significant differentiation between the three in that category. Furthermore, Lin's turnover percentage came in at 18.8 percent, the highest of that trio. Harden (14.9) and Beverley (17.5) were slightly better. However, Harden turned the ball over nearly one time more per game last season, which was indicative of a larger role for the bearded one from a ball-handling standpoint.
Given that Harden's usage rate was nearly nine percentage points higher than Lin's last season, per Basketball-Reference, it's clear that Kevin McHale wants the ball in his star's hands as much as possible.
It's a positive sign that Lin's turnover percentage decreased by nearly three points from 2011-12 to 2012-13, but for now, Harden will be running the show.