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Jason Kidd has played a large role in the Knicks' 21-8 start.
Raymond Felton, Rasheed Wallace, Ronnie Brewer and, most importantly, Jason Kidd have all played vital roles in the Knicks' strong start.
Much has been made of how the Knicks are the oldest team in the NBA. But clearly the Knicks don’t care what people think, as all four of the players above provide valuable experience.
Wallace has emerged as a solid role player who does his job well when called upon. Brewer starts, but can’t seem to make anything as of late and has been used primarily for extremely tenacious defense.
Raymond Felton came into New York with the attitude of proving people wrong, and it has paid off for him extremely well. Coming from Portland, where he was out of shape and had disagreements with the coach, Felton was signed this summer and has quickly snatched the role of starting point guard. He brought the same energy he did prior to the start of the 2010 season when he played so well with Amar’e.
Due to his production slippage lately, I believe it will be good for Felton to take some time off and let his injuries heal. Once back, however, I expect him to be back to his excellent level of play.
Besides Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd has been the most important player on this Knicks team. He does the little things well: constantly hits a momentum starting three pointer, makes a monumental steal or creates an open shot for one of his other teammates.
When the Knicks played Suns on December 26 was a perfect example of Jason Kidd’s worth. Up until this point in the season,
Kidd has been asked to play defense, move the ball and rebound, but with Carmelo and Felton sitting he needed to play a different role. He had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. He is one of the most useful players in the NBA because he can fill any role he is asked to play. It will be interesting to see what happens to J-Kidd once Iman Shumpert, the Knicks' best defender, returns in January.