Linsanity is on his way to Houston. Bet you never thought you would hear that Rockets fans. Reportedly, negotiations between Houston and Dragic have gone nowhere and they’re moving on from the situation to pursue Lin.
Everyone knows about Linsanity and all the other creative nicknames for him. How he went from nobody wanting him, to the Knicks where he didn’t have a role and was on his way out of the league, to saving the Knicks season and becoming the Tim Tebow of the NBA. I’ll admit, it’s one of the most touching sports stories i’ve ever heard, but is he really what everyone makes him out to be? More importantly, is he a legitimate replacement for Goran Dragic? I think not.
If you didn’t know Lin was on the Rockets roster last offseason, but was cut before the season started, which lead him to the New York Knicks.
Dragic is what i would call a poor man’s Steve Nash. Lin is what i would call a poor man’s Goran Dragic. Dragic and Lin have similar abilities, only Dragic is more athletic, makes better decisions, better at running a team, better shooter, better passer, better playmaker and doesn’t force nearly as many turnovers as Lin.
It was reported the Rockets will offer Lin the same contract they offered Dragic, which was $8 million a year. Dragic has asked for $10 million a year but Houston has declined to pay that much. It doesn’t make a lick of sense to me why the Rockets won’t pay $2 million more a year for the far better point guard. Goran is on his way to being a potential star in this league. Maybe Lin is too, but he’s far behind Dragic at this point in my opinion.
I want to compare their numbers as starters to show you how similar, yet different they were last season. Linsanity is known world-wide for what he did, but it may shock you how similar Dragic was to Jeremy. Last season in 25 games as a starter Lin averaged 18.2 points on 44% shooting, 7.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2 steals in 34 minutes a game. Last season in 28 games as a started Dragic averaged 18 points on 49% shooting, 8.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 36.5 minutes a game. The stat that jumps out at me most is Lin averaged 5 turnovers a game, while Dragic averaged only 3 turnovers a game. So you see, it’s not just my opinion that Dragic is the better player, it’s also a fact.
With all this being said, if Dragic walks and the Rockets sign Lin it would hurt, but i would get over it quickly. I can see that GM Daryl Morey is working his tail off to make Houston relevant again in the NBA. I applaud him on that, but why not budge and pay Dragic the extra $2 million a year for the far better player? It seems like the Rockets always take chances on players they shouldn’t take chances on, and never take chances on the players that deserve it.
Don’t get me wrong, i love Linsanity just as much as the next person, but let’s be realistic about this. If Dragic walks and Lin takes his place, the Rockets will take a step back at the point guard position. It’s starting to get really hectic in Houston right now. Sorry Rockets fans, but it looks like Dragic won’t be coming back.