Nick Johnson will make Houston Rockets forget about Jeremy Lin

Published 4 Comments

Football News

The way second round pick Nick Johnson is playing in the summer league so far, the Rockets should forget about Jeremy Lin quickly. Lin was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

Johnson recorded a triple double in the fifth and final Summer League game for the Rockets in the Orlando league. In the five games Johnson played for the Rockets he averaged 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Check out this nasty 360 dunk he pulled off in the game yesterday.

Related Articles

- Orlando Summer League's biggest successes
Players desperate to impress in Summer League
Houston have dynasty ambitions

Johnson has a chance

One thing is for sure, Patrick Beverly is the team's starting point guard, and a bargain at that, as he is slated to make a little over $915,000 this year. But with Lin being dealt to the Lakers it opens up a spot for Johnson. Johnson's main competition is Isaiah Canaan, who didn't play in Orlando, and Jahii Carson, who Johnson easily outshined in Orlando. 

The 42nd pick in the draft also brings what Lin couldn't provide much of - defense. Johnson is much quicker and physical on the ball defensively and can provide a similar skillset to Lin's on offense.

An improvement on Lin?

He provides much more athleticism, and can also jump out of the gym. Don't get me wrong, Lin is a stat stuffer and an exciting player to watch, but is a liability on defense and turns the ball over a lot, he's turned the ball over 538 times in the last three years, good for about 3.5 a game. He'll get his numbers in L.A., but the efficiency might not be the greatest. 

Johnson was considered a top four player in the nation last year according to the Naismith Award, a finalist before losing out to Doug McDermott. He helped lead Arizona to the Elite 8 before losing to Wisconsin. Johnson was also on the All-American and Pac-12 first teams, and the Pac-12 player of the year. 

Johnson comes from a family rich full of talent as his father, Joey Johnson played professional basketball and his uncle is Dennis Johnson, a former five time NBA All-Star. Nick's dad had a reported 52" vertical jump.

Houston Rockets

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again