Jeremy Lin’s 2012-2013 NBA regular season will come to a close on Wednesday night as the Houston Rockets visit the Los Angeles Lakers.
After bursting onto the scene last year with the New York Knicks, Lin became one of the most recognizable names in basketball. He surprised many fans in the offseason by leaving the Big Apple to sign a three-year, $25 million contract with the Rockets.
Once Lin signed his new deal, there were questions surrounding how well he would perform as a full-time starter. He played like an All-Star at the height of “Linsanity,” but his production decreased, shortly before he injured his knee with the Knicks.
In Lin’s first year with the Rockets, he never played at the level that he did during his short stint with New York. In 25 starts with the Knicks, Lin registered 20 points on 10 different occasions. In 81 starts with Houston, he reached that mark just 16 times.
Lin’s best performance this season came in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. With James Harden in street clothes, Lin led the Rockets with 38 points and seven assists, reminding fans of the performances he put up a season ago.
Even though Lin did not develop into an elite point guard, he still had a successful season, by most measures. The 24-year-old has averaged 13.4 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per contest, while never missing a game because of injury. Lin's 134 total steals put him at 10th in the NBA.
When the Rockets traded for Harden right before the start of the season, Lin no longer had to be a great scorer for the team to compete at a high level. He’s deferred to the shooting guard, who is fifth in the league in scoring.
As the season has progressed, so has Lin’s production. He has had his best month in April, putting up 18 points per game.
Houston didn’t enter the year with high expectations and was pegged by the oddsmakers in Las Vegas to miss the postseason. The Rockets have clinched playoff spot and the franchise’s best record since 2009.
Season Grade: B
Below are some video highlights of Jeremy Lin’s best games in the 2012-2013 season.