Originally Posted by Klazart
I totally get where you are coming from. Though I don't think it's fair to blame lin for releasing Dragic. They let dragic go because they didn't want to give him the player option.
What I want to ask you though is if you have been watching the Rocket's play this season. If you have... have you not noticed the following?
1) Lin is being asked to bring the ball up, give it to Harden then go stand in the corner.
2) He's being played as a spot up shooter. (How can his FG% not suffer when that's not the kind of player he is.)
3) He is not getting screens set for him.
4) When he leads the offense it looks MUCH smoother. The last game against the Pistons was a perfect example of this. When Lin was out the offense looked UGLY. When he came back in and was allowed to run the point the rockets ran over the Pistons and blew the game open.
Dude, Lin does gets screens, he actively calls for them. But now the roll defender knows the best way to guard Lin is to show hard, which has negated a lot of his moves.
Lin is hesitating on open shots (mainly threes), because he has been bricking them. Can't fault the man, especially since he's not a great shooter anyway.
Bringing the ball up all the time is tiring, especially against D that wants a piece of you. If you played as a PG you would know this. So giving the ball up to Harden gives Lin a breather from time to time.
Also, as a guy that brings the ball up, it's hard to always make something happen from the first play, and this is something that Jeremy likes to do, it's actually what I like to do as a player as well. High risk play, as the defence is usually set and prepared, so you end up with either Lin getting a tough layup (which he did last year, but not this year as he's not making them.) or an assist or a turnover. Rarely do I see the Rockets swing the ball and letting the offence develop from the second. third pass.
It's a long season, and I think it would be wise to ensure Jeremy doesn't get exhausted. As he is the best passer on that team or share that honour with James harden.