New York Knicks: NBA Execs call Raymond Felton worst PG in NBA

Throughout all of the New York Knicks problems this season, there has been one constant: poor point guard play.

Of course that means I am talking about Raymond Felton.

Jan 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) brings the ball up court during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Brooklyn Nets defeat the New York Knicks 103-80. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Felton has been a major problem for the Knicks, averaging only 10.5 points and 5.7 assists with a very poor 10.5 PER that is way below league average.  In addition, he is shooting only 41 percent from the floor and a miserable 31 percent from behind the arc. Felton’s career numbers were never very good but this season he is below his career marks across the board.

Then there is his inability to guard even average guards at the defensive end of the floor. The next time that Felton makes an effort to shut down an opposing guard will be the first time he does so.  Opposing guards have greater success against the Knicks than any other team in the NBA and Felton is a big reason for that.

I cringed when the Knicks brought Felton back and they are paying for that decision in a major way.

However, it’s not just me that has always been down on Felton as the rest of the league is as well.

According to SportsNet New York’s Adam Zagoria, an anonymous NBA executive whose team recently played against the Knicks said, “Felton is the worst starting point guard in the NBA. I’d take 10 college point guards and about 30 NBA backups over him.”

It’s hard to argue that statement given a look at the numbers.

Felton ranks 48th among point guards on CBS Sports’ NBA total player ratings and also ranks only 32nd among point guards in scoring and rebounding, as well as 22nd in assists and 30th in steals, per ESPN.

Oh, but there is more.

Felton owns a defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions with him on the court) of 105, according to NBA.com/Stats and his net production rating over opponents this season sits at negative 5.1, according to 82games.com.

In a guard dominated league, there is no excuse to continue to run an option as poor as Felton out there on a nightly basis.

The sad part is that Felton isn’t even the best option on his own team, yet Mike Woodson keeps giving him major minutes.

Pablo Prigioni‘s offensive rating of 107.5 is more than three points per possession better than Felton’s 104.2 mark, per NBA.com/Stats. Not only that, but Prigioni’s defensive rating of 104.3 is also better. Prigioni isn’t a star by any means, but he gives the Knicks a better chance at winning.

However, leave it to Felton, who judging by the way he cries and complains, has never committed a foul in the NBA, to shoot his mouth off at his critics.

“It is what it is. I can care less what those people say or what they think,” Felton told ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Well Mr. Felton, there’s a lot of other things you don’t care about either such as: playing defense, taking good shots, making smart decisions with the ball, doing what point guards should, making teammates better, staying in shape, and playing winning basketball.

We do know Felton cares about the buffet table, but he does very little to help an NBA team win and he is definitely a liability come the postseason.

With all of the rumors circling about Woodson and Carmelo Anthony‘s future and what the Knicks will or won’t do at the trade deadline, the Knicks will never be a contender until they successfully replace Felton at the point.

It would be nice to add a point guard at the trade deadline but that is doubtful given the Knicks lack of trade assets.

But at the end of the day this much is true- as long as the Knicks keep running Felton out there, they will be a below average NBA team.

Woodson needs to make a change and do so now.


Topics: New York Knicks, Raymond Felton

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  • Louis Harden

    The New York Knicks are doomed folks… This article and season is a testament to this being a fact as I COMPLETELY agree with it. Raymond Felton has become an Extreme liability. In fact, if we keep this man at point he might be the Very reason that Melo leaves. Not only because he knows that this article is true, but because he watches it happen firsthand every game as we do. Part of me thinks Felton is the player that came out and said he knew Melo would leave, but that just can’t possibly be true.. Every game I watch Felton play with a lazy air surrounding him, and whether his shooting is on or not completely becomes irrelevant when he consistently is beat/abused towards the ends of games. Lets be honest, even when Felton’s shot is on he usually implodes mid-game. We all know that we see Melo’s frustration with Felton’s passes, messages between plays, and overall demeanor sometimes even when it comes to imbounding the ball.

    In my dreams, and now this is my dreams folks, Jr. Smith is our point guard. The man that no one in this league truly wants. He has reasonably great ball handles despite his reckless control of it, and he can penetrate and cut efficiently. Not only does he have these crucial attributes for point guards these days in being able to drive and create, but he also is a good finisher around the rim at 6’6. If only he could be what he was last year more consistently, but that’s the story of this guys career. Now look, I know this is stupid, but we surely cannot continue to watch this circus each game can we?? I have been a Knicks fan forever, and I cannot bare to see such assets handled this way.

    Woodson must go, and that trade for Faried unfortunately may need to go down. That, or we get an all star point guard asap. I’m talking Kyrie come play where you grew up, Westbrook we’ll give you everything for you, Rondo convince Ainge to stop being a jackass, kind of business talk. This is the type of bullshit, back-handed business the Knicks have always tried to capitalize on, and in saying that it is almost certain that is what they are doing right now! I don’t care at this point, but I swear if the line-up is the same and Woodson keeps calling time outs without holding players accountable or making line-up changes… I’m done. The man is honestly insane if he thinks he has this team under his power anymore. Everyone sees it, they talk about, but nothing happens.

    Edit: The Knick’s will never pull one of these trades off. Anyone, anywhere, seems to accept that. I am just stuck in dream world.

    My final two cents: PLEASE FIRE WOODSON, GET VAN GUNDY, AND GET ONE OF THOSE POINT GUARDS.

    PS: That Bull’s rumor should be ashamed of themselves. Why in gods name would the Knick’s EVER, and I mean EVER take on Carlos Boozer’s contract. I don’t care what alteration of that trade is actually being discussed, if the Knick’s don’t get at least two draft picks for Melo they are actually insane.

  • Louis Harden

    NEED I SAY MORE?!?!!?!?!? 12 ASSISTS FOR WHAT FELTON?!?!?! FOR WHAT?!?!?!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    to choke?

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