How Can Jeremy Lin Get the Houston Rockets to the Playoffs?

No one knows what the formula is yet, but many think the Houston Rockets head in a good direction. The biggest spice added to the mix is point guard Jeremy Lin. What will it take for him to get his team to the playoffs?

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Lin showed ability to elevate teammates with New York Knicks

A lot of why Houston took Lin first is his ability. He showed it at Harvard but didn’t get drafted. Teams soon found out that was a mistake. In his short-lived chance with the New York Knicks, he averaged 22 points per game in a critical stretch of the season to spark a 10-3 record. Many will argue his numbers fell off before he tore the meniscus in his left knee, but a look back says Lin didn’t deserve blame for that. It was his time under Coach Mike D’Antoni that he thrived. Only after D’Antoni resigned and Mike Woodson took over did the numbers dip. New York still made the playoffs but seemed to lack the energy and effort they had when Lin played. One major part of his game people lost sight of was getting players around him to bring their game up. Rookie Iman Shumpert had his best stretch of the season when Lin took over along with a group of other veteran role players. It should make some wonder what the young point guard could do if a coach gives him command of the floor with talented teammates around him.

Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lamb make good young wingmen

That is the second part of the puzzle. No one is sure what the Rockets have collected on their roster the past few season. All anyone can guess is it’s young and promising. Two players at the heart of that group are Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lamb. As a rookie, Parson averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game. He also flashed a clutch shooting trend against big-time opponents, something teams love to have. Better still early signs show he and Lin are already finding time to hang out. Lamb is the top draft pick for Houston in the 2012 draft out of UConn. He averaged 11 points a game in college with 4.5 rebounds. Some media also say he has a certain swagger many players don’t have coming out of college. That is something every winning team needs and something Lin fed off in a pressure cooker like New York. These two players will have just as big a role in how Houston comes together this season.

Jeremy Lin will have all the spotlight for the Houston Rockets. That said it’s not his ability alone but teammates like Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lamb who will define how the 2012-2013 season goes.

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