Point guard Raymond Felton had his worst season as a pro last season it Portland but more of that was the system he was playing in. Now, he is back in New York and ready to show people he can still play. Felton will be playing point guard for the departed Jeremy Lin. The Knicks also brought in Jason Kidd but Felton is still the unquestioned starter.
Raymond Felton wants to shut some folks up: “I look forward to this year, to shutting up everybody’s mouth,” Felton said. “I’m the first one to say I wasn’t in shape. I’m not making no excuses, I’m not blaming anybody else. That’s all I’m hearing from everybody. I played in the league seven years, about to be eight and that’s all anybody wanna talk about. They don’t talk about what you did good, they only talk about when you do something bad. At this level, you gotta take the good with the bad.”
Felton had a down season with Portland but a lot of that could be blamed on the style of play. Portland was a slow paced offense and did not want to push the tempo. Felton did not see eye to eye with the head coach. This is something Felton has thrived on even dated back to his days at North Carolina.
Felton thrived the season before with the Knicks in 54 games Felton averaged a career high 17.1 points per game. Compared to this past season where he averaged a career low 11.4 points.
With the Knicks Felton also averaged 9.1 assists per game compared to this past season where he only averaged 6.5 assists. Felton also averaged about 6 minutes less per game with Portland.
Felton shot a career low 41 % from the field this season. He is also shot 31 % from three.
I think the Knicks made the right moves by letting Lin go. Lin likes to get his shots but Felton and Kidd are more of a true point guards. This is what this teams needs with Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith on it.