New York Knicks 2013 Player Profile: Raymond Felton

By Ricardo A. Hazell
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

For me, New York Knicks PG Raymond Felton‘s play has always been a riddle, wrapped in a conundrum that was swallowed by a puzzle. The point guard is fast, has quick hands and is strong relative to his height.  Felton is also surprisingly agile in attacking the basket. The floater is oftentimes wet and he has a penchant for getting to the rim when there appeared to be no lane into which to penetrate.

But he also shoots too many three point shots (4.4 per game), misses easy shots (42 percent from the field) and gets destroyed by the Chris Pauls of the league-at times seeming to shrink away from the challenge the uber-guards present. Raymond will sometimes play down to lesser competition as well, makes too many bone-headed plays down the stretch, and will dribble, dribble, dribble the basketball a little too much. However, I believe the latter had more to do with coach Mike Woodson‘s lack of a flowing, truly team-oriented offensive game plan. Last season was pretty much ‘clear out for Melo, throw a lob or shoot a three’.

Be that as it may, Felton is among the best non-All Star point guards in the NBA. His 14 points and five assists per game averages last season were above average, but for the New York Knicks to make a serious run at an NBA title he needs to learn how to kill a bum. No, I don’t mean he should literally go out and attack homeless people, but he should dominate against lesser guards-offensively and defensively.

PG Beno Udrih will be pushing Felton for minutes this season and thrives at aspects of the game in which Raymond is average-shot selection — the mid-range jumpshot and three point field goal percentage in particular. Udrih is the best backup the Knicks have had since Felton’s return, and this may-or may not-inspire Ray-Ray to be more consistent this season. Only time will tell, but what you see is pretty much what you get at this point in his career. But he has to at least learn to compete night in and night out, no matter who is guarding him.

Ricardo Hazell is a freelance sports writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google Plus.

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