Jeremy Lin can run the pick-and-roll very effectively. When the Houston Rockets initially signed him last year, before it became apparent at he wouldnâ€™t be the guard with the highest usage rate on that team, everyone envisioned that he would be wildly successful utilizing it. Unfortunately, itâ€™s hard to run the pick-and-roll with any sort of regularity when your backcourt mate is the one controlling the offense, and thatâ€™s precisely the roadblock that Lin ran into.
While doing a session with reporters this week, Lin was pressed on how he felt about the addition of Dwight Howard.
"We're not yet in Houston and haven't trained together so I don't know yet," he said while speaking to the media in China.
"But he really likes to play pick-and-roll and I really like to play pick-and-roll, so I hope we can work really well together and really happily learn how to play with each other.â€ť
In theory, yes. One of the reasons why some people (read: me) felt as though Lin would have been a great addition for the Detroit Pistons is because there heâ€™d be able to run the pick-and-roll more freely. And if he were given the liberty to do that in Houston next season, he and Howard might develop some very good chemistry. Unfortunately, nothing that weâ€™ve seen from Kevin McHale thus far indicates that the offense will look any different than last yearâ€™s offense did. Which means, obviously, that Harden will continue to dominate the ball.
Frankly, if anyone runs the pick-and-roll with Howard next season, itâ€™ll probably be Harden.