An excellent post made by ESPN board poster “etony3314″ which compares the numbers and styles of the Rockets starters against various veteran players in the NBA. I bolded parts I think are more important for emphasis/organization and added wikipedia links to the various comparison players since the floor ones are less known, but otherwise left the post intact.
Ceiling – Rajon Rondo
Floor – Jamaal Tinsley
Player A: 32.7 MPG, 11.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.1 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG, .399 FG%, .309 3P%, .821 FT%
Player B: 29.9 MPG, 10.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG, .492 FG%, .263 3P%, .611 FT%
Player A is Jeremy Lin this season. Player B is Rajon Rondo in 2007-08, his second season (he started 25 games his rookie year, while Lin started 25 games last season, playing very sparingly in his rookie year). The similarities in their games are there – the very good floor vision, the blazing speed and ability to drive, the reluctance to shoot jumpers (and the inconsistency when shooting them), the often lackadaisical effort in moving without the ball, the very good rebounding ability for a PG, the lightning quick hands mixed with the inconsistent one-on-one defense. I’m not saying Jeremy Lin is going to be as good as Rondo – but, with work, that’s his ceiling. For now, he’s a facilitator who can mix in some scoring when necessary and is inconsistent, although sometimes marvelous, on the defensive end. Unfortunately for him, moving without the ball is not his strength, and the Rockets have James Harden, who runs the offense more than Lin, relegating Lin to more of a 2-guard role – which does not at all play to his strengths. The Rockets would be wise to keep either Lin or Harden on the floor, while the other one is on the bench, and to only play them together when necessary, because they do not mesh well at all.
Player C: 27.4 MPG, 9.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.3 BPG, .394 FG%, .717 FT%
Those are Jamaal Tinsley’s career averages. Lin will be no worse than that – but, once again, their styles are somewhat similar.
Ceiling – Manu Ginobili
Floor – Steve Francis
The talent levels between Ginobili and Francis really aren’t that disparate. Their attitudes and fortitude are what separated them. James disappeared during the Finals last year, but that doesn’t mean he won’t step it up if and when he gets back there. I’m not going to spend much time on Harden, since you’ve all seen him play plenty.
Ceiling – Danny Granger
Floor – Trevor Ariza
Chandler is basically a stretch four who’s quick enough to play the three. He has a very good outside shot, although he’s struggled of late from beyond the arc (his last game notwithstanding). He needs to learn to pick his spots better, however. After he’s made a couple of threes, he starts taking ill-advised shots – and if he’s cold, he’ll pass up open looks. His inside game is a work in progress. He has had some games where he’s pulled down double digit rebounds, although it’s not something he does on a nightly basis. He’s a very good passer for a forward. His free throw shooting was atrocious in his rookie season, but is up to a much more respectable .745% this year (from .551% last year). His defense is very good, as he makes good decisions, has very quick hands and a knack for collecting steals, but lacks the strength to deal with some of the bigger 3′s and 4′s if he’s trying to defend inside, and is sometimes exposed by some of the better players.
Player A: 33.3 MPG, 18.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.9 BPG, .438 FG%, .384 3P%, .847 FT%
Player B: 37.4 MPG, 15.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.2 BPG, .451 FG%, .385 3P%, .745 FT%
Player C (per 36 minutes): 12.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.5 BPG, .428 FG%, .315 3P%, .677 FT%
Player A is Danny Granger’s career averages. Player B is Parsons this season. Player C is Trevor Ariza’s numbers per 36 minutes throughout his career. Chandler is probably closer to Granger than Ariza, at least on the offensive end (Ariza is the superior defender).
Ceiling – LaMarcus Aldridge
Floor – Brandon Bass
Patterson has a long way to go before he’s as good as LeMarcus Aldrige, but he is a similar player, and has shown quite a bit of improvement this season. He’s become very consistent with his midrange jumper, and also appears to have gained a bit of strength, which helps him in the post. He’s added a three pointer to his arsenal, with mixed success. In a way, he’s the anti-Parsons – he doesn’t shoot enough. He seems to lose confidence quickly on the court after a couple of misses, and has trouble getting into a rhythm after that, often passing up wide open looks. If he could learn to be more assertive, he could be a very good scorer in this league. His rebounding isn’t quite Andrea Bargnani-bad, but it’s not very good. His defense is certainly getting better, but he’s far from elite. He’s an athletic player who can be streaky, but is an extremely good scorer when he’s on. He seems to shy away form banging bodies in the post at times, although he’s good at it.
Player A: 35.1 MPG, 18.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.0 BPG, .493 FG%, .204 3P%, .778 FT%
Player B (per 36 minutes): 16.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG, .496 FG%, .325 3P%, .742 FT%
Player C (per 36 minutes): 14.7 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.1 BPG, .491 FG%, .000 3P%, .824 FT%
Player A is LaMarcus Aldridge’s career averages. Player B is Patterson’s numbers per 36 minutes this season. Player C is Brandon Bass’s career numbers per 36 minutes.
Ceiling – Marcus Camby
Floor – Ben Wallace
Asik is a very good post defender and a rebounding machine. His offense this season is much improved, but hardly something to write home about. He’s not as strong as one would like for a center, but is stronger than many centers in today’s NBA. His shot blocking numbers aren’t as high as one might have hoped. He still does need work finishing at the rim – most of his shots are from very close range, which means that his .482 FG% is actually pretty poor. His free throw shooting is much improved this season, but remains inconsistent, and he is still under 60% from the line. His rebounding, however, is incredible – and consistent. In short, he will have a home in the NBA as a Marcus Camby/Ben Wallace type of player, as long as he maintains his current skill level.
Player A (per 36 minutes): 11.7 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 2.9 BPG, .467 FG%, .205 3P%, .672 FT%
Player B (per 36 minutes): 7.0 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 2.4 BPG, .474 FG%, .137 3P%, .414 FT%
Player C (per 36 minutes): 9.0 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.0 BPG, .512 FG%, N/A 3P%, .513 FT%
Player A is Marcus Camby’s numbers for his career per 36 minutes. Player B is Ben Wallace’s numbers for his career per 36 minutes. Player C is Omer Asik’s numbers for his career per 36 minutes.