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NBA 2K13 Player Ratings: Somebody Is Buying Dolan's Move to Dump Jeremy Lin

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 19: Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets displays his jersey during a press conference at Toyota Center on July 19, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIIOctober 5, 2012

This offseason, the Houston Rockets snatched up star point guard Jeremy Lin in free agency. The New York Knicks only had 25 starts worth of Linsanity to enjoy before he took his talents elsewhere.

Lin was a restricted free agent and could have easily been kept by the Knicks. It has been suggested by many that the move to let Lin leave was an ego move by owner James Dolan.

Meanwhile, ESPN writer Bill Simmons drew an analogy to the Game of Thrones series: "We've had vicious kings and we've had idiot kings, but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king."

At least Dolan has the people at NBA 2K13 on his side. They have announced the new Rockets point guard has a paltry player rating of 77 (via GameNGuide.com). Meanwhile, the Knicks' new acquisition, Jason Kidd, has been given a rating of 80.

The numbers for Kidd—who will turn 40 this season—are less encouraging. In 2011-12, Kidd set a career low with 6.2 points per game to go along with 36 percent shooting and a career low 5.5 assists per game.

To provide a little perspective on Kidd's age, when he was a rookie, Michael Jordan was playing professional baseball.

Ignoring the hype surrounding Lin, he played pretty well for a young player seeing his first action in the NBA. Averaging 26.1 points per 48 minutes is impressive, especially for a point guard. His 19.9 PER was also nothing to sneeze at.

It has even been suggested that Lin will be the Rockets' best player, and perhaps that is a reasonable expectation.

The Rockets, for their part, have had some tough luck in recent years. In each of the past three seasons, the Rockets were above .500. Yet, in each of those years, they came in ninth place in the Western Conference and failed to reach the playoffs.

Hopefully, for the Rockets, Lin will play more like Linsanity and less like video-game Lin. If he does, the Rockets might finally see some playoff games this year.

 

Adam Waksman is a featured columnist for the Bleacher Report New York Jets community. Be sure to follow Adam on Twitter to receive updates right away.

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