Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Another reason Felton is playing as well as he has is due to the fact that he’s seamlessly functioning within the offense. Last season Felton never seemed quite comfortable with Portland's scheme. Oftentimes, he overdribbled or turned the ball over. However, this season, all of those mistakes may be a thing of the past.
He’s been incredibly efficient as of late, and despite the fact that this season’s numbers (15 points, six assists, two turnovers while shooting 43 percent) are virtually identical to some of his past “decent seasons," he’s had some phenomenal games lately.
In the Knicks’ recent win over the New Orleans Hornets, his efficiency was on full display. Over a course of 30 minutes, Felton had five three-pointers on 5-of-6 shooting, six assists and only a single turnover. That is incredibly efficient output, and it shows that he took shots he was given and didn’t force anything—which is exactly what the Knicks need from him.
During another one of Felton’s impressive games this season against the San Antonio Spurs, Felton was the standout player. He scored 25 points, dished out seven assists and finished with only two turnovers, all while 10-of-20 from the field. On a night when Carmelo was struggling (he finished with nine points but made up for it with great effort by snatching 12 rebounds), Felton flipped the switch from role player to offensive focal point—something that any great team is looking for from its auxiliary players.
Felton has done a great job of playing well in important games so far, and if he keeps it up over the long run, the Knicks are going to be a tough team to stop if he’s playing at his best.