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Chandler Parsons leaks Patrick Beverley, not Jeremy Lin, to start at point for Rockets

Oct 29, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverly, Russell Westbrook AP

The last couple of preseason games, Patrick Beverley started at the point for the Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin came off the bench as the sixth man. We’d written before this could be coming. It was something the Rockets had toyed with all preseason.

Yet Kevin McHale was going all Bill Belichick when asked about his starting lineup for the team’s opener Wednesday night hosting Charlotte, saying he did know who would start but he wasn’t going to announce it.

Chandler Parsons just blurted it out, reports

“I don’t know why it’s a big surprise,” Parsons said. “It’s the same as how the preseason ended.”

Which means Beverley starts and Lin comes in off the bench. While you may be tempted to say “they are paying Lin all that money, shouldn’t he start?” there is some real logic to this move.

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Beverley is the better pure shooter — he and Lin took the same number of shots this preseason and Beverly hit 50 percent of his shots overall and 50 percent from three, better than Lin’s 47.7 percent overall and 38.5 percent from three. With James Harden and Dwight Howard on the court already you don’t need another shot creator, you need the shooting.

Also, Beverley is the better defender. What Lin can be is the sixth man spark plug — come in off the bench and run a lot of pick-and-rolls with Howard, with Omer Asik, and create shots and points for the reserves.

One other thing to note, if the starting five remain the same that means Asik and Howard are starting together as the new twin towers. At least for one game.

  1. moseskkim - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Why do you compare preseason percentages and say Beverley is a better shooter than Lin? That’s such a flawed argument. Small sample size, coach tinkering minutes/lineups, its PRESEASON! Better defender yeah he’s relentless.. But shooter wow

    • casualcommenter - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Yeah, I think career numbers in meaningful regular season/playoffs games is about 10000 times more relevant than shooting numbers from pre-season…unless the author thinks Patrick Beverly is going to shoot anywhere near 50% from 3 this regular season as he did in pre-season.

    • redbaronx - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      @moseskkim – I agree that Kurt shouldn’t have used those stats to make he argument for Beverly over Lin, but essentially its a good move for other reasons. Lin really creates havoc on the court and I think his effect will be magnified coming off the bench, much in the way that the Spurs used to bring Ginobili off the bench to anchor the 2nd unit and shift to the starting 5 in the 3rd / 4th quarters.

      I love that McHale is tinkering now because Houston has a lot of potential if they can just find a way to maximize talents there, and not worry about whose ego is bruised in the process. Lin’s a team player so no problem there!

    • rconerly13 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Jeremy Lin is not a starter period. Mario Chalmers eats this guys lunch. He is a reserve guy, he can excel against the other teams 2nd unit. Not clutch with the ball in his hand, but I like the kid. Just not a starter…….

  2. vi3tguy415 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    this guy got a biggest mouth in the nba for sure. hes a like a girl. always love to leak info out.

  3. thekingdave - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    You’ve gotta be at least 7’0 to qualify as a “tower” no?

    • casualcommenter - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Tim Duncan is 6’11”, so I guess by your standards, a member of one of the most famous “Twin Towers” frontcourts in NBA history (Duncan + Robinson) wasn’t really a tower.

    • genericcommenter - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:40 PM


  4. thekingdave - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    You’ve gotta be at least 7’0 to qualify as a “tower” no?

    • genericcommenter - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:40 PM


  5. thekingdave - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    You’ve gotta be at least 7’0 to qualify as a “tower” no?

    • genericcommenter - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      No. 6′ 9.5 is the cut-off.

  6. zoomy123 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Oh no, say it ain’t so Joe? An overpaid $8 M/year back-up? LOL! Jeremy Lin is overrated and overpaid. A player has a couple of good games and all of a sudden it’s “Linsanity” and “he’s a can’t miss prospect.” Jeremy Lin is a perfect example of the ADHD in sports.

    • casualcommenter - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      Did you just start following basketball recently?

      There are a lot of backups, particularly when it comes to those who fill the 6th man role, earning around $8 million per year. Elite guys 6th men like Manu Ginobili and Jason Terry in their primes earned $10+ million per year.

      This isn’t football, where the backup QB barely takes any snaps. Backup guards can play 25-35 minutes per game.

      • zoomy123 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        Hmm… that’s funny because I don’t remember Jeremy Lin being as good as Jason Terry or Manu Ginobli. LOL!

    • redbaronx - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      @zoomy123 – You must not have been paying attention to Manu Gibobili on the Spurs during their championship years. Yes the Rockets might have overpaid a bit for Lin and haven’t gotten what they’d like out of him so far, but that doesn’t mean the guy is overrated. He just finished his first full year starting. Wait another year before you judge the guy!

    • geefors - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      He is the NBA’s Tim Tebow

    • wontonoodlesoup - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:13 AM

      What will everyone say next year when he’s making 15 M?

  7. casualcommenter - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    The reason for this is that Lin and Harden’s skillsets overlap (though Harden is clearly better).

    They’re both ball-dominant guards who can score and facilitate but aren’t used to playing without the ball.
    They’re both not great defenders.

    With Harden starting with Beverly, the Rockets have 1 guy who clearly runs the offense (Harden), and another guy who clearly focuses on defense on guarding the best opposing guard (Beverly). Then, Lin comes in as the primary ballhandler off the bench unit and can run the offense without having to defer much to Harden (who will be on the bench for most of Lin’s minutes).

    Quality 6th men can have a big impact on a team’s success.

    • redbaronx - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      @casualcommenter – Great comment! The only thing I’d add is that Lin is the consummate team player, and I don’t see him having a problem coming off the bench. He’s the one guy you can probably count on to take it like a man and enjoy the role and thrive. A lot like Manu…..

      I like this move!

  8. truthb3t0ld - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Hopefully someone takes out his knee the way he did Westbrook in the playoffs last year…

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Obviously he meant to hurt Westbrook. Nice to see you’ve let it go.


  9. truthb3t0ld - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    detectivejimmymcnulty | Oct 29, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT
    Obviously he meant to hurt Westbrook. Nice to see you’ve let it go.

    You’re right, it’s normal to lunge at an opposing player’s knee while he’s calling a timeout…


    That play stops the Thunder from making a deep(er) run in the playoffs, why would or should I let that go?

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      A) Westbrook isn’t even calling or attempting to call a timeout
      B) He lunged for the ball and happened to hit knees. Bad luck play, but nowhere close to dirty.

  10. truthb3t0ld - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    McNulty you are either out of your mind or blind as a bat. He was clearly attempting to call a timeout that’s why he ran towards the Thunder bench as he crossed half court. Had he not intended to call a timeout he would have more than likely driven straight to the hoop.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      So I watched it one more time just to be sure. I don’t see him attempting to call a timeout. If you’ll notice the majority of timeouts called in a situation similar to that one, the player slows down and takes the timeout a step or two after crossing half court. Westbrook was still running hard and that is the fact. Watch the clip again, and you will see I am not blind. Now, me being out of my mind is a completely different conversation.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Oh, and does this play look familiar?

  11. cpcheung - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Let it be, let it be! Jeremy Lin would not mind. He can get more rest and save more energy and get ready for the playoffs this year. He has to be healthy this year and has to be strong and aggressive in the playoffs this year. Just be patient. His time will come later! This is only his second year to play a full season. He still has a lot of opportunities!

  12. imakcds - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    I’ve been saying since Day 1 that Jeremy Lin is a very capable BACKUP pg, definitely NOT worthy of being a starter.
    Guess McHale agrees.

  13. thekingdave - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Why the hell did that post 3 times?

  14. felisberto - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    White people are jealous of Jeremy Lin because he is better than all of them.Jeremy Lin>Steve Nash

  15. unxpexted1 - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Well this is one good move by the coaching staff. Now hopefully they will do something about Asik and Howard starting together.

  16. thekingdave - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM



  17. thekingdave - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM


    What hospitality! Thanks again!

  18. thekingdave - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM


    Are you sure? I thought it was 6’10” lol 😀

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