Jeremy Lin knows all the relevant numbers.

He's well aware of the gaudy statistics he generated during the fairy tale six-week stretch that transformed him from a relative unknown to an international phenomenon. He understands the importance of his Synergy stats and how that knowledge can help him improve.

But while he will always be linked to the numbers and figures he produces on the basketball floor, perhaps his greatest area of growth from last season to today can be found in a category that can't be numerically measured at all. Lin's ascension to stardom last season earned him the kind of professional security that only a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract can provide. Forget about fretting over roster spots and couches. Now armed with the knowledge that he's found a long-term home in Houston, the 24-year-old point guard enters his third NBA season with the sort of self-assurance that needs no help from numbers to be clearly recognized by his peers.

"Way more confident," Rockets forward Chandler Parsons says of his teammate. "(It's) night and day how much more confident he is. He's playing like he's the best guy on the court when he has the ball in his hands. When he's off the court, he's coaching the other guards. Just his whole mentality is changed because the guy was always skilled. I don't think he did anything crazy to get better at basketball, I think it was all mental for him and I think last year really helped him become a great player."

Quiet and soft-spoken by nature, Lin is not suddenly going to adopt the Kevin Garnett approach to leadership, unleashing a bombastic stream of profanities to get his teammates fired up. The mere thought is laughable, in fact. But the blooming of Lin's confidence should allow him to be effective in his own way, setting the tone in training camp with an unremitting work ethic and the sort of egalitarian approach that can be so conducive to creating the culture of accountability he believes is necessary for a franchise hell-bent on achieving sustained success.