One thing that came out of the Knicks first day of camp was something expected when Mike Woodson announced that Raymond Felton would enter the season as the team’s starter at point guard.
While Felton was assumed to be the starter when he was acquired via a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers, Woodson did good to come out early and en any speculation that Jason Kidd would get the nod as the starter.
“I think he’s had opportunities over the years to run teams and he’s done a great job at it,” Woodson said (per ESPN’s Ian Begley). “At the end of the day, it’s still about the team. I don’t think anybody else on this team is going to care who starts, but Raymond will probably be our starter.”
Woodson is hoping that Felton can return to the form he showed in 2010-11 with the Knicks, when he averaged 17 points and nine assists before being dealt to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade.
While Felton has been named the Knicks starter, Kidd will still have a big role with the team and backing up Felton is just fine with the future Hall of Famer.
“Ray can run the show as well as anybody,” the 39-year-old Kidd said. “(My job is) to support Ray and help him with things I see and, when I go in, to get the lead or keep the lead. That’s as easy as it can be.”
While Felton is the starter, that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be the closer, as Kidd could be used to finish games, something he said over the summer that was very important to him.
There’s also the option that Woodson could elect to play both Kidd and Felton at the same time. They would be a bit undersized, but it would give the Knicks a pair of playmaking guards who can handle the ball and would create matchup problems against a lot of teams.
Felton is a guy that enters the 2012-13 season with a lot to prove and he’s been given the early opportunity to do so.
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