When Linsanity swept the nation last year it was blasphemy to even consider letting Jeremy Lin get away from New York. Yet, that is exactly what happened this off-season as Lin headed down to the Houston Rockets when New York wouldn’t match their contract offer. The Knicks haven’t seemed to miss a beat though, starting off the season with a 9-3 record and significant wins over the Heat, Spurs, and Pacers. The decision to allow Lin to leave the Big Apple, so far, looks like a good move.
This is further validated by the fact that Lin is only averaging 10.2 PPG on 34.8 percent shooting from the field and 6.1 assists per game this season. These aren’t the type of numbers Houston was hoping for out of Lin in exchange for the $25 million they are paying him over the next three years.
"Obviously, no one wants to play the way I started the season," Lin said. "But that is the reality of the situation. And now it's about forgetting about the past and moving forward."
The past is the 12 game domination of the league Lin went on last season where he averaged 22.8 points and 8.6 assists per game. This is the Lin the Rockets were hoping to team up with James Harden as the building blocks of their franchise. This was the Linsanity movement that swept the nation when Lin made only $762.195 for the year, the league minimum for a second year player.
"I'm not looking to re-create what happened in New York," Lin said. "I want to be a consistent player. I want to get better. I don't know what my potential is. I don't know if I can play better than that one-week stretch. But I'm going to find out to see how close I can get."
I think the Houston front office would be just fine if Lin did recreate what happened last year, instead of becoming a consistent 10 PPG guy. There are plenty 10 PPG guys in the NBA. The Rockets were hoping to purchase a 20 PPG guys that also dished out nearly nine assists.
The big question coming into this season was always; can he do it again? Can Lin put up 38 points like he did last year in the Knicks’ win over the Lakers? Can he hit game winning shots this season like he did last season against the Raptors? The early answer is no.
We would all love to see Lin continue his domination of the league and live out a Cinderella NBA career. He was the player that went from sleeping on people’s couches to dominating at Madison Square Garden. Yet, this season has been less than impressive and makes the Knicks’ front office look like they were correct to pass on his hefty price tag.
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