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What do you expect from Ray Felton this season?
Joe Caporoso - I don’t see any reason to expect Ray Felton’s numbers to dramatically rise or fall off at this point of his career. We know what type of player he is by now and where his positives and shortcomings exist. Hopefully, Felton will avoid missed time in 2013-2014 (he only played in 68 games last year) and remain a solid 13-15 point and 5-6 assist per night guy, while keeping turnovers limited. It will be interesting to see how heavily Mike Woodson will rely on Pablo Prigioni and Beno Udrih at point guard when resting Felton or bumping him over to shooting guard in certain lineups. The Knicks have nice depth at the position, which should Woodson shouldn’t hesitate to take advantage of if Felton begins struggling or is banged up.
Chris Celletti - I expect Felton to be part an effective three-point-guard rotation, as he was last season, with Jason Kidd essentially replaced by Beno Udrih, Felton will start, but Mike Woodson has to decide whether or not he shares the starting back court with Pablo Prigioni or with, say, Iman Shumpert. A big part of the Knicks’ success last season had to do with taking care of the ball – and the combo Felton and Prigioni was excellent at not turning the ball over (it’s why if I were Woodson, I’d start that duo in the back court). I wouldn’t expect that trend to change too much – a natural slight digression back to the mean wouldn’t be shocking – and thus I expect mostly the same type of general performance out of Felton. He’s in a good spot at this point of his career with the Knicks, as he’s only sparsely relied upon to provide a lot of offense and can mostly concentrate on just running the show as part of a point guard platoon. You could do worse than Raymond Felton if that’s what you’re asking our of your starting point guard.
Kevin Smith - Raymond Felton was quite impressive at the start of last season until a bum finger derailed everything. Then, he was instrumental in getting the Knicks past the Celtics in the playoffs, but faltered against Indiana while fighting through a sprained ankle. Are you sensing a theme here? As long as he’s healthy, Felton is going to produce. We know what he is at this point of his career and although his defense may be another step slower, I think it’s feasible to expect him to be right around last year’s averages of 13.9 points and 5.5 assists. He proved to be most effective in the dual point guard set, and if it’s not broken, Woodson won’t fix it. Felton will once again be an integral part of the Knicks offense.
Aaron Jacobs - Raymond Felton had a solid season for the Knicks in 2012-2013. His numbers did not mirror that of his first stint in New York, but back then it was only he and Amare Stoudemire who were scoring night in and night out. Realistically Felton should put up around the same averages he did a year ago, 13.9 points and 5.5 assists, it would be nice if the scoring were around 11-12 points and the assist numbers went up to 7-8 per game, but beggars can’t be choosers there. I hope the Knicks use less isolation and run pick and rolls more because that’s where Felton prospers as a point guard. Having lost an additional 10 pounds should help Felton defensively vs. some of those quicker point guards he struggled with last season as well.