Fish swim in the sea. Cheetahs excel on land. Raymond Felton thrives in New York. Some things are just meant to be.
New York brings out the best in Felton. Back in 2010, Felton averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 assists in 54 games with the Knicks. With other teams, he averaged 12.8 points and 6.5 assists per game. Felton does his best work in New York, and there are plenty of reasons why.
The Knicks give Felton a chance to win. In 2010, he was surrounded by talented players. And he has even more talented players around him now. Felton has Carmelo Anthony, one of the most prolific scorers in the league, next to him. He has great pick-and-roll targets in Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. He has wing players like J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd and Steve Novak who can really shoot the ball. The Knicks are a point guard’s dream.
While teams are paying attention to his teammates, Felton can call his own number. He can drive to the basket or shoot from long range. Felton can score, and he will get more open looks this season than ever before.
Playing in New York is different than playing in Charlotte or Portland. Madison Square Garden is one of the greatest sports venues in the world. Some players can’t handle the pressure of playing in New York, but Felton thrives on it.
Felton loves playing in New York. You can see it on the court. Felton is in great shape. He is determined, focused and energetic. This is not the same player who underperformed with the Portland Trail Blazers last season. Felton is having fun again, and this may be his best season yet.
Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.
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