Can Jeremy Lin Be a Franchise Star for the Houston Rockets?

October 5th, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
NEWSFLASH: the Houston Rockets' signing of Jeremy Lin this summer wasn't just about basketball.

To be sure, GM Daryl Morey's decision to bring Linsanity to H-Town using one of his patented "poison pill" contracts—three years, $25.1 million—was mostly about basketball. Goran Dragic joined the Phoenix Suns on a more lucrative pact and Kyle Lowry, who'd clashed with head coach Kevin McHale, was traded to the Toronto Raptors in a deal that was—presumably—designed to deliver the Rockets assets with which to acquire Dwight Howard.

That left a void at point guard, into which Lin now comfortably slips. The Rockets won't win much with him this season, not with the amorphous amalgamation of assets that McHale might call a supporting cast.

On the bright side, Lin will have every opportunity to prove that his two-month breakout with the New York Knicks was no fluke. As ESPN's John Hollinger pointed out in a recent profile of the Rockets' roster, Lin showed himself to be the sort of player who makes things happen, for better or worse, when he's on the floor. Among point guards, Lin ranked seventh in steals, fifth in block ...

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