Could Jeremy Lin Revive NBA Career by Coming off Houston Rockets Bench?

August 9th, 2013 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

If Jeremy Lin is going to start erasing the disappointing results of his first year with the Houston Rockets, his best bet is to embrace a new role.

He needs to come off the bench.

That's not a knock on Lin, but it is a better plan for a player with his particular skills. Essentially, Lin is an average NBA player whose specific strengths would be better utilized if he were captaining a second-unit attack.

Not convinced? Let's run through the case for Lin as a reserve.


D and Threes

You can't really talk about relegating Lin to a bench role without first discussing the merits of the guy who'd be starting ahead of him. In this case, that guy is Patrick Beverley.

When Lin was limited by a chest injury during last year's playoffs, Beverley stepped into an expanded role and handled himself extremely well. His energy on both ends gave the Rockets a real shot in the arm, and although Houston ultimately fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Beverley's play forced a discussion about the rotation going forward.

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