BY: Tyler Johnson
With Jeremy Lin now on board, the Houston Rockets have their starting point guard for years to come. That’s a relief considering the Rockets lost their two starting point guards from last year this offseason.
What your probably saying is that Jeremy Lin is not an All-Star. And I know this, but what I also know is that his potential is through the roof. The way Lin carries himself on and off the court is Tebow-esque. He’s got a way of making teammates around him better and knows how to win games.
Lin works great in pick and rolls, but he was also great at creating his own shot, and getting into the lane like Tony Parker in some ways. He also averaged six assists and two steals a game. If Lin can manage to average eighteen points, nine assists, and two steals per game, Houston and Asia alone will put him in the All-Star game.
And then there’s Jeremy Lamb. I believe that Houston landed themselves a superstar in Lamb. I compare him a lot to Kobe Bryant. Yes, I said it, Kobe Bryant.
The 12th overall pick in this year’s draft is averaging 19 points per contest while shooting above 50% from the field. But what impresses me most about his scoring is how he scores. Lamb is great moving without the ball. Some compare him to Rip Hamilton when it comes to that aspect of his game.
With a 6’5’’ 185 pound frame, Lamb is capable of rising above defenders when he shoots, drive to the lane and finish, or back down a defender in the post. Of course he will have to get stronger, but with him being only twenty, that shouldn’t be a problem.
I expect Lamb to take over the starting shooting guard position this season. Not only for his scoring abilities but the man plays defense (cough cough Kevin Martin). When that time comes, the two Jeremy’s will take off and the sky’s the limit. By the time he is in his prime, I think Lamb will be averaging about twenty-five points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and block per contest.
Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb have a bright future in Houston. Can you believe it has been seventeen years since Houston hung a championship banner?! Fans are ready for basketball to become relevant again in Houston, and Lin and Lamb can bring big things. Just give them time. Plus, the two players have the same first name and similar last names. Somebody will have come up with a catchy nickname for the backcourt and Houston will be all over SportsCenter, finally.