Jeremy Lin Will Thrive in New Role with the Rockets

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIOctober 29, 2013

Jeremy Lin was more Clark Kent than Superman in Houston last season.
Jeremy Lin was more Clark Kent than Superman in Houston last season.

Jeremy Lin is a little like the NBA's version of Matt Flynn, except he's still good. He put up crazy numbers out of nowhere for the New York Knicks as a fill-in (much like Flynn did in the last game of the 2011 regular season for the Green Bay Packers), and another team snatched him up in an effort to catch lightning in a bottle and transplant his big numbers, which he didn't exactly do. 

Obviously, Lin has been considerably more successful than Flynn, who got beat out for a starting role in Seattle and Oakland while Lin just saw a small drop in production. Either way, Lin hasn't exactly been playing up to "Linsanity" standards in Houston.

Apr 24, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Martin (23) in the first half during game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Man

However, with the addition of Dwight Howard, Lin will have the opportunity to thrive with less pressure on him and James Harden to be the key contributors. The Harvard grad will have a chance to get Linsane in the membrane once again, something he was missing last season. 

In 35 appearances for New York in the 2011-12 season, Lin averaged 14.6 points per game as he shocked the world and prepared for the move from his buddy's couches to his own couch. 

Houston snagged Lin after his amazing performances in New York, but his numbers across the board suffered as he played his first full NBA season. He averaged just over 13 points per game and shot worse from the field and the free-throw line in Houston.

Lin lost the magical aura that was Linsanity and became a pretty decent NBA point guard who was counted on a little too much every day.

This year, Lin will improve. The addition of Dwight Howard will take pressure off both Lin and Harden, who will be able to thrive with less focus from the other team. 

With Dwight Howard bringing his 17 points and 12 rebounds per game from last season to Houston, Lin will have another great option to facilitate on offense, and things will open up in the paint. Post defenders will have to respect Howard down low to take away easy dunks and lobs, which will give Lin a chance to do what he does best: drive and kick. 

With the pressure off Lin to provide a major part of the offense, combined with other teams focusing on stopping Howard down low, Lin will have more open opportunities to knock down jumpers, take it to the rack and facilitate his teammates.