Aside from the fact that Felton will be replacing Jeremy Lin, who left via free agency to sign with the Houston Rockets, Felton also needs to show he’s capable of being a quality starting point guard. Felton averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 30.5-percent from three-point range last season.
“I came into Portland out of shape,” Felton said. “Being in a lockout year, I just got really relaxed, got complacent, didn’t work as hard because I didn’t think we were to have a season. I’m going to go ahead and say that I was out of shape when we first went there. I played myself into shape towards the second half of the season.”
According to reports, Felton has lost 20 pounds since December 2011. He’ll need the weight loss in order to try to hold off Jason Kidd from potentially taking his starting job as it looks like the Knicks are planning to use Kidd to finish games instead of Felton.
“I think he’s had opportunities over the years to run teams and he’s done a great job at it,” head coach Mike Woodson said. “At the end of the day, it’s still about the team. I don’t think anybody else on this team is going to care who starts, but Raymond will probably be our starter.”
Kidd played with the Dallas Mavericks for the past five seasons, but his age seems to have affected his play recently as he averaged 6.2 points, 5.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 35.4-percent from three-point range last season. His career averages are 13 points, nine assists and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 34.9-percent from three-point range.