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Raymond Felton is Showing Why the Knicks Traded for Him

Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Raymond Felton is just what the New York Knicks need. He is averaging 14 PPG and 6.4 APG, but his impact in the Big Apple goes deeper than just his stats.

Felton is replacing Jeremy Lin as the Knicks PG, and coming into this season, there was a lot of criticism directed towards the Knicks front office for choosing Felton over Lin. But, New York got Felton for significantly less money, and he has better numbers than Lin through the first few games of the season (Lin: 11.6 PPG, 6.4 APG).

“It’s amazing,” Felton said on the Knicks chemistry this season. “I haven’t been part of something like this since college. Everybody gets along, that chemistry you feel, that energy. It’s kind of like when I was in college and won it in ’05 [with UNC]. To have that special energy again gives me a good feeling.”

When the Knicks traded for Felton, they let Lin, who was a restricted free agent, go to the Houston Rockets for money that he was really wasn’t worth. Yes, Lin captivated New York and the world and sparked the Knicks offense, but he wasn’t worth putting the Knicks over the luxury tax for several years.

Once the trade between the Knicks and the Portland Trailblazers became official, Felton was asked if he thought he was a better player than Lin:

“I am a competitor, I am a point guard just like he is, so do I think I am better? Of course, I am going to say that. I think I am better than any point guard. That’s the way I am supposed to think. But at the same time it’s nothing personal between me and Jeremy. But people are going to make it about that. I am fine with that.”

You just can’t help but love Felton; he has that New York swagger about him, but he knows his role on the team. With the Knicks at an NBA best 5-0, he is proving himself to the world. Soon, he could make fans forget about “Linsanity,” and instead have them raving about “Felton-sanity.”

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