The Houston Rockets are one of the favorites to win the Western Conference this season. SG James Harden is one of the most electric scorers in basketball and the addition of C Dwight Howard will give the team a true center to occupy the paint. All the pieces are in place for the team to make a serious playoff run and the sky is the limit for PG Jeremy Lin’s fantasy basketball value this year.
Lin averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in his first season in Houston. The 25-year-old may not have been as electric as he was in the Big Apple, but he was still a rather consistent fantasy option. He even played in every single game last year and quickly dismissed concerns about his injury history.
Additionally, plugging Howard in the paint will instantly give Lin a more reliable offensive option to feed the ball inside to. I don’t expect Lin and Howard to create a comparison to Lob City in Houston, but the former Harvard graduate should instantly see an increase in his assist totals. Howard is one of the best finishes in the history of the game and his presence will allow Lin to rack up several assists per game by simply tossing the ball in.
Lin will be an ideal PG2 in standard leagues and can be found well after the third round. He may not put up many 20-point performances with Harden next to him in the backcourt, but Lin should easily be able to average 15 points/7 assists/3 rebounds per game this season.