The New York Knicks are coming off a second consecutive decent season. They’ve made the playoffs two years in a row, but have still not met expectations. Along the way, injuries and coaching changes have made it difficult for some players to adjust to new lineups.
There’s a great chance the Knicks will make huge strides this year with the addition of many key players and head coach Mike Woodson in the fold from the get-go.
But what millions of people really want to know is… “How are these players going to do for my Fantasy Basketball team??”
This is part four of a six part series looking at the outlook for Knicks’ players for the 2012-2013 season, from a fantasy perspective. Today I take a look at point guard Raymond Felton.
After a season and a half away from MSG, Felton returns to the team where he had his best stats as a pro.
In 54 games played for the Knicks in 2010-2011, he had career highs in points, assists and steals. Alas, he was shipped to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade, but never fear, the 6’1” point guard is back to lead the Knicks’ offense this time around.
Last season was definitely one to forget for the former North Carolina product. Many of his offensive stats were career lows or close to it, but a lot of that had to do with the system he was playing in Portland and the constant shuffling of his role there as a starter/non-starter.
While this season stats may not compare to the one he previously had with offense first coach Mike D’Antoni, his percentages should elevate. Having Tyson Chandler in the middle should also increase his assist opportunities and three-point looks during the double teams.
Still only 28-years-old, there’s plenty of room for improvement. Keep in mind, though, that with two other very capable point guards on the team, Woodson may opt to stick with those guys in certain games.
Felton though is definitely a candidate for a bounce back season.
Season Predictions: 13.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 44% FG, 1.8 3PM/g
Expected Draft Position: 7th Round
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