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The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard rally this offseason. Now, according to Bradford Doolittle's WARP-based calculations, the James Harden-led team also wins the title of best backcourt in the NBA. These rankings aren't without controversy, though; the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors didn't crack the top 10. Do you agree with the analytics? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Best NBA backcourts

Clippers

Clippers

Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford

Heat

Heat

Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen

Lakers

Lakers

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris

Nets

Nets

Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Joe Johnson

Nuggets

Nuggets

Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Evan Fournier

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George, George Hill, C.J. Watson

Rockets

Rockets

James Harden, Patrick Beverly, Jeremy Lin

Spurs

Spurs

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green

Thunder

Thunder

Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Jose Juan Barea

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Mo Williams

Warriors

Warriors

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Toney Douglas

Wizards

Wizards

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice Jr.

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Jeremy Lin is having a decent season in Houston, but his position in the All-Star voting might come as a surprise to some fans. Lin is third among Western Conference guards in the voting -- he's only 55,000 votes behind Chris Paul. Winning would nab him a starting spot, but does he deserve one?

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Right, it's only one game (a mere 1.2 percent of the season), but the Rockets and James Harden looked pretty good in a 105-96 win over the Pistons. Harden scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin added 12 (including eight assists, four rebounds, and four steals), and the team as a whole looked like it might be getting started on those dynasty plans a year early. Or maybe not. The Pistons aren't exactly the Lakers. But then again, the Lakers aren't exactly the Lakers, at least through the first two games.


Harden's deal

$80 million is a lot of money, but it looked like the Rockets spent it well after last night.

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On Thursday, "First Take" debated whether Jeremy Lin was healthy enough to play in last season's playoffs. Lin said he was 15 percent from the "absolute minimum threshold to play," but Stephen A. Smith doesn't believe Lin is being entirely truthful. Skip Bayless, on the other hand, says the statement rings true. What's your take?

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Jeremy Lin is going to Houston, as the Knicks officially declined to match the Rockets' contract offer. The Lin story likely will end up a bittersweet memory for Knicks fans -- he came on like a comet during the 2011-12 season, but left just as quickly. Letting him go might be the right decision, but emotionally, there's no way it was an easy choice.


The right decision?

Jeremy Lin would have cost the Knicks an awful lot of money in the final year of his contract because of luxury tax rules and the like, but it's not as if the Knicks lack for money.

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What do you make of the Knicks' decision not to match the Rockets' offer to Jeremy Lin?

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More competitive?

The Rockets still aren't there in terms of being a championship team, but Lin could be an important piece of the puzzle.

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Current core?

The Knicks still have Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, but their window to win a championship may be closing fast.

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