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Jeremy Lin is making headlines again as he has switched teams, leaving New York to join Houston. The city of Houston was a ghost town in the 80s following the oil bust and other energy drops, and the Houston Rockets of today are looking to repeat history. The Rockets lost guys like Kyle Lowry, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic and were desperate to reclaim some magic, so they created a poison pill contract for the Knicks and ended up securing some Linsanity.

Alright, so real life aside, what is the fantasy value of Lin now that he is blind in Texas?¬†In 35 games with the Knickerbockers last season, he averaged nearly 27 minutes per game with 14.6 PPG, .320 FT%, .798 FT%, 3.1 RPG, and 6.2 APG. Frankly, I can see why New York didn’t want to break the bank on Lin, and I’m not sure I’m going to shell out big bucks (or an early draft pick) on Lin, either. Even if he repeats last season’s numbers, which were FUN, he has no one around him (no offense to Chandler Parsons, who actually has no offense). Lin is arguably the best player on the Rockets, when he really needs to be in a situation where he supplements and compliments others. I seriously doubt he can carry a team. Let’s say he averages 17 PPG, a .345 3PT%, .800 FT%, 3.5 RPG and 5.5 APG. Does that excite you, especially considering Lin is likely to go in the first five rounds? I’d let someone else take a risk on him.

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  1. Micollin says:
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    I’m one of the blind on basketball’s everything else.But indeed I care about this guy who’ll possibly bring different sanity from God for Gost town and the crazy world.Yah, I should care whether LIn be ready for whatever comes , jump for action , lamp to lit?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Micollin, hi, not sure what you mean, but as a Rockets fan you should be happy, if that’s your question. I’m not here to tell any Rockets fan not to embrace Linsanity, but I am saying he will be overvalued for fantasy basketball purposes.

  2. Micollin says:
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    Hi,appreciated your reply.I knew Lin from Knicks not because as a Knicks fan,but as his team-work emphasis on basketball competition.As I said,I have no total idea how valuable the player should be or will be,since that’s the team owner’s business,not mine. But to be a Lin’s fan simply, I really care if Lin-fantasy will re-create or had gone for-ever. Let’s keep watching in next 3 years, not to justify by now.

  3. Fenris-77 says:
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    Comprehension can be an issue some times. No harm done. :)

    I can’t see myself drafting Lin in any leagues, except maybe keepers, but even then probably not. His name value is so much higher than his fantasy value there’s almost no way he’ll drop far enough for me to take a flyer on him. Since I’m not even looking for him until rounds six or seven (and even then only on teams where I’m lacking at PG) I doubt I draft him. He’ll be fun to own though, so there’s that.

    That said, his upside is probably more like 7 Ast/game rather than 5.5, so long as the Rockets play him starter’s minutes. It’s a young team, so he might not realize that potential, but it’s there. I’d be more concerned about him averaging 4.8 TO/36 as a starter last year. That’s playing with Amare and the lads. Add in some youthful mistakes in Houston and the TOs could be beyond terrible. Bad enough to impact his minutes in a serious way perhaps. I hope that isn’t the case, for his sake, but it’s something to keep in mind when people draft him for 9 cat leagues.

  4. JLeeishere says:
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    How do you feel about josh selby? He is torching the summer league, and since the griz got rid of oj mayo, is he the starting 2?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @JLeeishere, well, there’s a possibility of that. He would probably be an upgrade over Quincy Pondexter. Memphis (almost said Vancouver) probably won’t commit to anything until preseason rolls around. Best case scenario, they say something in September.

  5. Fenris-77 says:
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    Tony Allen anyone? Still the starting two for Memphis? Anyone?! Seriously though, Memphis has offensively capable guys in Conley and Gasol plus high usage guys in Randolph and Gay in the starting lineup. A lower usage and defensively fantastic guy like Allen is who’s going to start. If you’re lucky Selby grabs most of OJ Mayo’s role off the bench

    Selby could put up some decent numbers off the bench, but I wouldn’t draft him thinking there’s even a semi-good chance he starts. And either way he’s last round fodder at this point for standard leagues (at best). Training camp should firm up roles and whatnot though.

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