October 15, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) plays defense during the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Preseason Home Opener: Houston Rockets Preview (Dallas Mavericks 2012-2013)

Linsanity has a new home right down I-45 from Big D and the Houston Rockets will be in town Monday piloted by the one and only Jeremy Lin, who might have been the current Mavericks point guard if things had gone differently.

Like the Mavericks, this is largely a new Rockets team, having turned over nearly the entire roster.   While leading scorer Kevin Martin remains with the team, the rest of the top six, Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic, Courtney Lee and Chase Budinger have all departed.  In addition, all three centers, Samuel Dalembert, Marcus Camby and Jordan Hill are gone.

The new Rockets are also an exceptionally young team, with three players who have 7 or 8 years experience and the remainder of the roster having three years or less in the league including three rookie first-round draft picks.

Also as with the Mavericks this will be a team working together for the first time and learning its way.  While few obsevers see the Rockets making the playoffs, they have a lot of youth and athleticism and will likely be an exciting team to watch, with enough talent to possibly seek in as an 8th seed.

For this early in the season, the game will largely be a matter of seeing who is beginning to gel and of course, all eyes will be on Dirk to see how his knee is holding up.

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