The New York Knicks are actually looking pretty darn smart right about now. They were chastised for letting Jeremy Lin walk, but Raymond Felton has made them forget all about Linsanity.
Felton already had one stint in the Big Apple and had the most successful season of his career. In 2010/11 he started 54 games and averaged 38.4 minutes per contest, emerging as the team’s main source of inspiration.
After finishing the season with averages of 17.1 points and 9.0 assists, the Knicks saw Felton head on over to the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2011/12 season, where he struggled immensely.
New York figured they could get much more out of Felton if they brought him back into the fold, and they’ve been proven right. The season’s still young, but Felton is averaging 15.5 points, 6.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals a game.
More importantly, Felton has the Knicks playing better basketball than practically every other team in the NBA. New York’s blitzed out to an impressive 7-1 start and their veteran bunch is playing the game the right way.
The point guard runs the show and Felton has been doing his job very well. He’s getting the ball to Carmelo Anthony in the post and letting him go to work, and he’s also getting guys like Tyson Chandler, Ronnie Brewer, J.R. Smith and Jason Kidd involved. The pairing of Felton and Kidd in the backcourt has worked out, to say the least.
Now, we’re interested to see how things changed for Felton and the Knicks once Amare Stoudemire returns to the fold. Will he blend right in? Or will his presence throw everything off balance?
Felton will have to be at the heart of that adaptation, and if he can find the right things that work, New York will continue to make a killing with the public’s NBA picks going forward.