During the NBA season of 2012-2013, superstar Jeremy Lin was signed as the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets. It was his first season with the Rockets, along with James Harden, and Lin averaged 13.4 points and 2.9 turnovers per game.
With the addition of Dwight Howard, the team will now have 3 huge talents to build around: Howard, Harden and Lin. However, it is predictable that Howard will be dominating the post, leaving open opportunities for shooters; therefore, it is best for Head Coach Kevin McHale to surround his superstars with players who can both limit their number of turnovers and are capable of knocking down three point shots.
The Rockets have a championship roster but without a solid point guard, the offense will not be as effective. Lin’s habitual turnovers have become a drag for the team. They were forced to deal with the mistakes and hope for improvement but they can only take so much.
The team has tried Harden at the point, but you’re lying to yourself if you think Harden is a point guard. Harden is best at the two spot: he’s a scorer, not a facilitator.
Someone needed to step up and someone did. Second-string guard Patrick Beverley proved he could elevate his game and lead the offense while subbing for an injured Lin. Not only was Beverley able to lead the offense, but his statistics also show he was better in steals, blocks, turnovers, and shooting percentage.
Coach McHale loves for “The Beard” (James Harden) to take over; he makes things happen and can fill it from anywhere. But if you haven’t noticed, in just about every possession Harden holds the ball for at least half the shot clock. He is the type of player that benefits from having a true point guard on the floor with him and Lin is not the guy for the job. Come crunch time, both Howard and Harden will realize they want the most consistent players on the court with them.
Houston may benefit from Patrick Beverley, he has proven himself to be more effective with less playing time than Lin. It is only a matter of time before coach McHale realizes Beverley will be the foundation of his offense. Slowly but surely, Beverly is pushing to snatch that starting job.