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Having two starting-caliber point guards is the kind of problem most teams would love to have. But it's not entirely clear that either Patrick Beverley or Jeremy Lin is the Rockets' point guard of the future.
Lin averaged 14.2 in 33 games as a starter and a respectable 11.1 points in 38 games off the bench. Beverley played all but one game as a starter. In all, he averaged 10.2 points during the regular season, but his real value lies on the defensive end.
In some ways Beverley is a better fit for the starting lineup. He doesn't need the ball in his hands and shoots the three-ball well enough to keep the floor spaced.
But the flip-side of Beverley being in the starting lineup is that the ball rarely leaves Harden's control.
By some estimates, that's probably not a bad thing. Harden can do a lot of things with the rock in his hands, including getting others involved. But Houston doesn't want the ball sticking, even if it's sticking with its best player.
The solution could be one of two things.
First, the club could rely on internal development from Beverley. He averaged just 2.7 assists this season, but it was just his second season after all. If his court vision improves, the Rockets could entrust him to run the offense a little more often. All of this assumes the ship has sailed on Lin starting full time, but that appears to be the case.
Second, Houston could look to acquire a more elite floor general—someone along the lines of Rajon Rondo. The organization was linked to Rondo in February, with ESPN.com's Marc Stein writing, "The Rockets want to acquire Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, according to sources familiar with Houston's thinking."
If there was indeed interest in February, it probably hasn't waned. Whether a deal could actually be worked out is another question altogether, but at the very least we have evidence the Rockets are looking to make a significant upgrade at the point.
One way or the other, that's not a bad idea.