October 24, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) against the New Orleans Hornets during the first half of a preseason game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Jeremy Lin, other former Knicks make 2012-13 Debuts

Much was made of all the turnover on the New York Knicks roster during the offseason, but while the newcomers on this Knicks roster will have to wait at least one more day to make their debuts for their new team, a couple former Knicks made their debuts in new uniforms last night, most notably Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields.

October 31, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Raptors guard Landry Fields (2) steals the ball from Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) at the Air Canada Centre. Indiana defeated Toronto 90-88. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

Lin started at point guard for the Houston Rockets and had a decent debut in the Rockets 105-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

His debut was overshadowed by that of James Harden, but Lin finished with 12 points, eight assists and four steals on 5-of-12 shooting. Much of Lin’s assists were made easy from the insane performance of Harden, but Lin wasn’t bad. On the negative side, he missed both of his three-point attempts and turned the ball over four times.

Fields on the other hand wasn’t so fortunate.

The former Knicks’ guard started for the Raptors and was held scoreless, missing all six of his shots from the floor, grabbing only two rebounds and one assist as the Raptors ended up blowing a fourth quarter lead and lost to the Indiana Pacers 90-88.

Other former Knicks who debuted for new teams included Toney Douglas for Houston (two points, one assist in 13 minutes) and Jared Jeffries for the Portland Trail Blazers (no points, two rebounds in nine minutes).

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  • Michael Terry

    Haha. Uh huh. I’m sure all of Lin’s stats this year will be made easy in the same way his stats last year were made easy variously by Melo and Amare being on and off the court. Always an excuse. A better idea is that Harden’s usage limits Lin’s opportunities in the same way Melo did last year when he came back and the same way Westbrook and Durant did last year with respect to Harden. Pretty sure Lin had something to do with a lot of Harden’s easy offense last night, too, since Lin was +23, highest on the team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-To/100003013197375 Ed To

    Lin by all objective measures had a very good debut and not “decent” considering his long lay off from playing a regular NBA game. The writer of this article appears to expect Lin to be perfect by trying to find a negative to point out and attributing any of Lin’s positive stats to playing with Harden. Stats show Harden was on receiving end of four assists from Lin. Sound like sour grapes because the writer wanted Lin to have a bad performance so he could really bash Lin. Now he is upset by Lin’s very good performance and will have to delay his original article until Lin’s first sub par performance. Typical mentality of a Lin doubter whose eyes are colored by hate.