Jeremy Lin had a rough start to his tenure with the Houston Rockets.
Houston got off to an 11-12 start, with much of the blame being placed on the point guard. Lin had trouble meshing with his new teammates, especially James Harden. His shooting percentage was under 40 percent, and he was even benched at the end of some games, in favor of Toney Douglas.
Now, 27 games into the season, the Rockets and Lin seem to be turning things around. Theyâ€™ve won their last four contests, and theyâ€™ve been some of the more impressive wins by any NBA team in 2012.
During this winning streak, Houston has beaten first place teams, such as the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls, on the road. They also defeated the 18-7 Memphis Grizzlies by 25 points. None of the games have been close, as the Rockets victories have been by an average of 21 points.
The strong play of Houston has correlated with Linâ€™s turnaround. Heâ€™s averaging 18.8 points, nine assists and 59 percent shooting in his last four, all well above his seasonâ€™s average.
Harden and Lin are finally learning how to play together. Both players are at their best with the ball in their hands, and struggled on the court together. In the last four games, however, the two have learned to share the ball, and have averaged a total of 50 points per game.
Linâ€™s hot streak began in New York, where he became an international superstar last season. At the height of â€śLinsanity,â€ť he had the highest-selling jersey in the league and was the biggest story in the NBA. His run with the Knicks made his return to Madison Square Garden highly-anticipated, and Lin put up a big performance against his former team.
When the Knicks refused to match the Rockets offer sheet to Lin, they traded for Raymond Felton from the Portland Trail Blazers. The combination of Felton and Jason Kidd has taken Linâ€™s place at point guard in New York, leading the team to a 20-8 record.
While Felton got off to a fast start, heâ€™s struggled of late. Heâ€™s missed all of his 15 three-point shot attempts in the last five games, and hasnâ€™t totaled double-digit assists in a game in over month. Fetlonâ€™s shooting percentage is now lower than Linâ€™s, at 39.6 percent.
Through the first month of the season, it seemed like the Knicks had made the right decision in letting Lin go. As 2013 approaches, the answer is no longer as clear.