In his short time with the Knicks, Felton became a fan favorite and showed the world what he could do on the basketball court. He played 54 games for New York and averaged 17.1 points, 9.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
When traded to Denver, Felton did not start a single game and it was clear he wasn’t very content in the Mile High City. To make matters worse, the Nuggets eventually traded Felton to the Portland Trailblazers and that tenure did not go very smoothly either. Felton was heavily criticized while with the Blazers despite averaging a solid 11.4 points and 6.5 assists per game. However, take those reduction in the numbers with a little grain of salt.
Every NBA player has emotions and feelings, meaning if they are not comfortable, expect mediocre play. Felton was never traded in his NBA career before being dealt to the Nuggets, so it was definitely a tough pill to swallow for him. Felton chose to sign with the Knicks and his heart was always in New York City. He wanted to be a Knick and it was obvious he would be beyond happy playing at Madison Square Garden again.
Everyone knows what Felton can do and it was evident during his short time in New York. He has proven that he can play with the pressures that are associated with being in New York City and being a member of the Knicks. Felton’s numbers speak for themselves, and unlike Lin, Felton produced over a longer period of time.
Lin played 35 games for the Knicks, and started only 25, whereas Felton started in all 54 games. In that short period, Lin averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. So in reality, Felton was more consistent than Lin was and his numbers surpassed those of the Harvard graduate’s.
In addition, Felton has a history of great chemistry with Stoudemire. Felton played well with Stoudemire and they can surely get along on the court. Although D’Antoni is no longer the coach, Mike Woodson adopted some of D’Antoni’s offense plays and that will work in Felton’s favor.
Lin never established a bond with Stoudemire or Anthony, something that was clearly visible on the court. Those three players often times got in each others paths and for some reason, they couldn’t figure out a way to play with each other.
So Knicks fans, it’s quite obvious that the front office made the right choice by adding Raymond Felton rather than Jeremy Lin. There is no doubt that Lin is more marketable and would have made more money for the Knicks with sponsorships, ticket sales and apparel. However, for the first time in a long time, the Knicks made a move for the betterment of the team rather than for their bank accounts.
Felton is the more proven, more reliable and more experienced point guard than Lin. He has shown that through his statistics and history with the team. Felton got along extremely well with Stoudemire and he can surely do the same with Anthony. Lin may have been the more beloved figure off the court, but Felton is no doubt a better player on the court.