A blog by Justin Onslow in Bleacher Report says there’s nothing wrong with Jeremy Lin that consistent playing time won’t cure. Of the 16 players who average more assists than Lin’s 6.1 a game, only two average less playing time than him.
The way Onslow sees it, Lin won’t reach his full potential without more playing time running the Rocket offense. Right now Harden dominates both the ball and the scoring for the Rockets. Only when the Rockets have more balanced scoring will the team become successful.
I have to agree with that. Lin proved with the Knicks a team can ride his back as long as he doesn’t have to defer to anyone. When he had to defer to Carmelo Anthony, his productivity suffered. The same might be said with James Harden. The Rockets have dropped to the eighth seed in the Western Conference, barely hanging on to the last playoff spot. Something has to change, and more playing time for Lin may be the answer.
Is this too simplistic a view? Do you think Lin’s upside warrants more playing time and trusting the ball more in his hands? Let us know what you think.