Raymond Felton Vs. Chris Paul

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton looks for an open teammate in second quarter action against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada on October 27, 2010. The Raptors defeated the Knicks 108-103. UPI /Christine Chew Photo via Newscom

We've been waiting for CP3 or a point guard for the future to arrive, but Raymond Felton keeps showing that we may already have one. (Source: Yardbarker.com)

Writer Joshua Greenberg had this to say after last night when Raymond Felton led the New York Knicks to victory over Chris Paul’s New Orleans Hornets:

Raymond Felton has severely outplayed CP3. Whether it was just an off game for the All-Star PG or he had the same stomach bug as David West, he has gotten beat by Ray Ray. Felton played with some serious heart on both ends of the court and seems to have finally figured out how to play for Coach D. The best part about his effort tonight was, indeed, the effort.

There has been a lot of build up about the game in NOLA due to the potential of Paul coming to NY, the past ACC rivalry, and the fact that they were drafted in the same year. Helping his game tonight was the stellar play of Amar’e who forced defenders to sag down in effort to contain him. Felton took advantage, nailing clutch three after clutch three against the Hornets. He also allowed Shawne Williams to fill up the stat sheet by setting him up for open treys. Watching the heady PG go against Paul tonight will silence a lot of critics who thought he just wasn’t the answer for the future or even this season. You gotta love his effort on both ends of the court and his “don’t eff with me” demeanor. For the first time in a long time, the Knicks seem to have leader in the backcourt. Now, if he can consistently figure out how to make that tough pick and roll pass we might be headed for greatness.

…or at least a playoff birth.

See you in Canada.

Tags: Amare Stoudemire Chris Paul Joshua Greenberg New Orleans Hornets New York Knicks Raymond Felton Shawne Williams

  • http://www.shattertheglass.com bgalella

    Raymond Felton has been playing better than anyone could have anticipated this season.

    • http://bucketsoverbroadway.com Alex David, aka Short White Boy

      Not better than secret brilliant mastermind Donnie Walsh anticipated. This, along with his sneaky out-of-nowhere pick of Landry Fields, shows the man is clearly seventeen steps ahead of all of us.

      And the Shawne Williams add that we all lamented? Suddenly that’s looking like pure genius. We should all bow down before the greatnosity of Walsh. And quick, before that December-January stretch of games that will quickly sour us on him again…

  • http://www.shattertheglass.com bgalella

    Shawne Williams has played nicely, Fields is the best second round pick since Paul Millsap, he’s been playing better than anyone could have anticipated.

    Amar’e Stoudemire was right, the Knicks are back.

  • JCT

    Love Ray Ray and we dont need CP3 anymore. Cant play much better than Raymond is right now and fans love him, Id say he is #2 behind STAT in popularity. If it aint broke dont fix it!

  • sage

    Felton’s numbers have jumped to the averages I expected out of him once the trade was announced, despite most reporters claims that he couldn’t do it, so major points for Ray for making me look good :p

    Still, it’s crazy to say that anyone would take Felton over CP3. Felton is the best point guard the Knicks have had since Stephon (yea he could play) and the best combo of talent+character at the point since Mark Jackson. So yea he’s a fan favorite and great to have on the team but still … Chris Paul is an elite level point guard that has led the league in steals and assists in the past, has often been considered an MVP candidate by many (including this year) and if he can recover from his knee injury is an explosive player to have/watch/team up with. It’s like comparing the stats between David Lee and Amar’e Stoudemire last season. Lee is great and a fan favorite but clearly Amar’e is on a whole different level. Same thing with Felton vs CP3. It’s great to have Felton, it was great to have Lee but Paul and Stoudemire are just plain better.