Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams hasn’t been shy about commenting about the New York Knicks, now that the Nets are sharing the city with the Knicks.
His latest comments were pointed at the Knicks point guard situation, with Raymond Felton being an upgrade over Jeremy Lin.
“I would say Raymond Felton is a better point guard than Jeremy Lin, in my opinion,” Williams said at the Nets’ practice facility over the weekend.
After watching the preseason, it’s awfully difficult to argue with him, as Knicks’ fans must finally buy into the fact that the front office just may have made the right decision in allowing Lin to walk.
Lin has struggled big time in the preseason, especially when it comes to shooting the basketball.
He ended his preseason on a high note, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including three, 3-pointers) in a win over the Magic on Friday night. Prior to that night, though, Lin wasn’t exactly lighting it up in Houston. He’d made just 22.2 percent of his shots, having a tough time adjusting to teams being focused on stopping his attempts to get to the rim.
He’s showing zero confidence in his jumper and teams are taking away him getting to the rim and forcing him to shoot the jumper, but Lin is still forcing things going to the basket instead of settling for the mid-range jumper.
In addition, more teams have been overplaying him to his right, forcing him to go left; something he can’t do at this point in his career.
Overall, Lin averaged 6.3 points, 6.0 assists and 2.5 turnovers in the preseason. He shot 28.3 percent from the floor.
Felton, on the other hand, was solid in the Knicks’ six preseason games. He scored 11.3 points per game on 42 percent shooting (38 percent from beyond the arc), dishing out 5.8 assists and grabbing 2.3 rebounds a night.
When he’s been on the floor, he’s effectively been able to push the pace in the Knicks’ offense and has the look of a guy that is ready to have a pretty decent season in the Big Apple.
I often don’t pay too much attention to preseason numbers, but in this case I think they speak volumes.
The scouting report is out on Lin league-wide now. That, with the added pressure of living up to a $25.1 million contract is going to be a lot to adjust to for Lin. If he struggles out of the gate for the Rockets, there will be a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
Felton on the other hand is a point guard with something to prove and he’s approached things thus far in that manner.
It may be too early to early to confirm if the Knicks made the right decision, but all indications are pointing to the fact that they did.
D-Will is convinced and it’s awfully hard to argue with him.
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