Jeremy Lin vs. Jason Kidd: Who Will Start for the New York Knicks Next Season?

on July 06 2012 11:13 AM
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (L) defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 19, 2012.
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (L) defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 19, 2012. Image Credit: Reuters

In a few days, the Knicks could have two starting point guards.

Jason Kidd agreed to a three-year deal worth $9 million with New York on Thursday.

The Knicks starting point guard from a year ago, Jeremy Lin, plans to sign an offer sheet with the Rockets worth approximately $30 million. New York is expected to match the offer, and bring back Lin for the foreseeable future.

Kidd has been a starter since he entered the league. He's started over 99 percent of his 1,315 career games. Even in his 18th season, he was always in the starting lineup when healthy.

Lin doesn't have the track record of Kidd, but he has a bright future ahead of him. The $30 million that two teams are likely willing to give him proves how great his value is.

If both Kidd and Lin are on the Knicks next season, who should start at point guard?

The early favorite to get the nod is Lin, assuming the Knicks decide to bring him back. The rising star from Harvard will make almost twice as much as Kidd in 2012-13. It's very rare that a bench player makes that much more money than the person starting ahead of him.

The ceiling for what Lin can accomplish next year is much higher than that of Kidd's. Lin struggled at times, but also put up some of the best performances in the NBA this past season. He had seven double-doubles in 35 games, while Kidd amassed just two in 48 chances.

While Kidd's best days are behind him, Lin is still a relative unknown. He burst onto the scene so quickly in 2012, but struggled after a few. There's a chance that Lin isn't good enough to be a full-time starter in the NBA.

If the Knicks have major doubts about Lin's ability to be a consistent performer in the league, they could give the reigns to Kidd. He did a little bit of everything last year, averaging 6.2 points, 5.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per contest.

Kidd is expected to help mentor Lin, and the best way for him to do that might be in the starting lineup. Lin is 16 years younger than Kidd, and will eventually be the Knicks starting point guard.

New York is looking to contend for a championship now, and might not want to deal with the growing pains of Lin in crunch time.

The old football saying states, If you have two starting quarterbacks, you don't have one. The point guard is known as the quarterback of the basketball court.

The Knicks will have to choose if they want the savvy veteran or the young talent leading them in the 2012-13 NBA Season.

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