commenting out of ignorance, eh?
lin's an average to below average nba player. in 33mpg, he's putting up 11/6 on 39% shooting. so, he's almost as good as rafer alston was in houston. keep in mind that houston's system also tends to create exaggerated production from its primary ballhandlers (see aaron brooks, kyle lowry, and goran dragic, for recent examples).
if he can only play one way, he's not that good. if he can't force his coaching staff to center the offense around him instead of harden, maybe he's just not that good.
here's how he's impacting his team when he's on the floor this year:http://www.82games.com/1213/12HOU2.HTM
hint: look way down the list.
if you can't handle this, see a therapist, but don't suggest that i'm ignorant because you bought the small sample size output. i'm ignoring the anomaly and focusing on the overall trend towards mediocrity.
Except Aaron brooks, lowry, and dragic were all primary ball handlers who were allowed to be ball dominant(which Harden is doing now), while Lin was being used as a spot up 3 point shooter? Except those guards didn't have to play with Houston's new franchise "superstar" and defer to them every play? Your statement has no meaning seeing how Lin is not the primary ball handler on his team, and Harden is. Houston fans are complaining that they are using Lin as a SG while Harden as a PG.
If it's spot up shooting, even Toney Douglas can do it better than Lin. Lin's a slasher, and he's one of the rare players in the NBA who shoots better off the dribble than spot up(I can find statistics to show this if you want).
Houston is already trying to make Harden-Lin backcourt work(the coaches admitted this problem and said they had to get the ball more in Lin's hand and see how they work together), but you're not going to make Lin with the 25 million contract a #1 option over Harden with the max 80 million contract. Doing so basically admits that Harden is not a franchise player, and they payed max for a player who's going to be a 2nd option under a young basically rookie.It's just like before where you're not going to put Amare Stoudemire on the bench as a 6th man when you're paying him a max 100 million contract, which is why Knicks have been repeatedly forced the issue of making Melo and Stoudemire work(although now that Knicks are rolling without Stoudemire, they have said they don't know his role and the coach inferred that he might come off the bench as a 6th man). Houston is the same. At most, they're going to make it so they can play off each other to be a 1a/1b option or Harden as #1 and Lin as #2. If they don't work, Lin will probably get traded.
Oh and if you're insisting on efficiency rating and how he affects his team, there were charts/statistics showing that Lin doubles his avg production and efficiency when Harden is off the court, while he halves his avg production and efficiency when Harden is on the court. Seeing how he plays with Harden 80% of the time...you can see they don't work together atm. That's why Houston tried having Harden and Lin in at seperate times last game, but for them to be good, they need to both be on the court and dominating. When Harden goes on the court, Lin regresses. Not a good sign. You're right that Lin needs to be able to be play with other stars, but he's still young and it's 20 games in so I think it's premature to judge him so fast. I think he has a lot of potential
Tbh, I don't think Harden is a great first option either though. Besides his first 2 games, and his recent 30 point games where he chucked the ball up like 30 times, he's been actually avging under 40% shooting with 20 ppg. His ISO succession rate is down to 25% from 50% at OKC, and Harden ISO's on over half the plays. He avgs almost the same amount of turnovers a game as assists.