Knicks Rumors: Why Raymond Felton Won't Be a Good Fit in Big Apple

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IJuly 5, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 15:  Raymond Felton #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrates after they defeated the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on February 15, 2012 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After the news that All-Star point guard Steve Nash spurned the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers and the fact that Jeremy Lin is about to sign an offer sheet that will be tough for the Knicks to match, it's natural for a general manager to be panicked into making moves.

That's especially true when you're sitting around and watching everyone around you get better while you're treading water at best.

That means the panic move could be coming and it could be in the form of Raymond Felton, as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports, the Knicks are the frontrunners to land the former North Carolina product.

While it would be nice for the Knicks to finally sign someone, Felton just isn't the right fit with this Knicks team.

If it works out that the Knicks match Lin's offer sheet and can use Felton as a backup, then that's one thing, but if the Knicks can't—and that's a legitimate possibility—then asking Felton to start or play major minutes off the bench is something that likely won't work out well.

When the Knicks signed Felton before the 2011 season, it was a good fit and Felton played his best basketball of his career, averaging 17.1 points and 9.0 assists in 54 games with the Knicks.

However in the 81 games Felton has played (with Denver and Portland) since being dealt in the Carmelo Anthony trade, those numbers dipped to a paltry 11.4 points and 6.5 assists. In addition, Felton is coming off a very poor shooting year, shooting only 40.7 percent from the floor and 30.5 percent from behind the arc.

A return to the Big Apple won't necessarily mean a turnaround for Felton.

You have to take into account that during his first stint in New York, Felton was playing in Mike D'Antoni's offense, which was suited for his game.

Things are much different now under Mike Woodson.

Felton will have to become much more of a playmaker and a facilitator in the half-court set instead of a guard that just pushes the pace.

He will also be a guy that is left open a lot and will have to knock down open jumpers, which is something that's also not one of his strong suits.

I did like Felton as a defensive guard as he's good at pressuring the ball, but he's also put on weight since he was in a Knicks uniform and that's a concern as well.

I'm a fan of Felton and wouldn't mind seeing him in a supporting role on the 2012-13 Knicks team, but if things work out poorly and he's asked to do a lot of the lifting from the lead guard spot, then this Knicks team could be in the same place they were for most of last season.

A team desperately in search of a capable point guard.