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.