Not really finding his place in the Rocket’s starting lineup, Jeremy Lin has embraced his role as the Rockets’ sixth man this year.
Playing the James Harden role James Harden played in Oklahoma City – Lin has mostly been the aggressive, dynamic, offensive weapon coming off the bench for the Houston Rockets.
Lin showed off that ability last night with a triple-double off the bench – 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists — the first of his career in only 29 minutes in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“It’s kind of humbling to think about the whole journey and now this,” Lin said. “It’s another cool thing.”
Golly! I’ll say! Lin is the first Rockets bench player to record a trip-dub off the bench since Cedric Maxwell did it back in 1988. Don’t think, I’ve done the math for you – that’s 26 years.
Lindsey isn’t the first to pull that feat off this season as Tyreke Evans accomplished a triple double as a reserve — 11 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists — in a Pelican’s loss against the Clippers.
Lin joins Evans, Maxwell, Clyde Drexler, Detlef Schrempf, and 10 other players that have come off the bench and recorded a triple double in the last 28+ years.