According to SportsNet New York’s Adam Zagoria, an anonymous NBA executive whose team recently played against the Knicks said, “Felton is the worst starting point guard in the NBA. I’d take 10 college point guards and about 30 NBA backups over him.”
Zagoria points out that Felton ranks 48th among point guards on CBS Sports’ NBA total player ratings.
The North Carolina product also ranks 32nd among point guards in scoring and rebounding, as well as 22nd in assists and 30th in steals, per ESPN. He's shooting a paltry 41.1 percent from the field.
Additionally, Felton sports a defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions with him on the court) of 105, according to NBA.com/Stats.
His net production rating over opponents this season sits at negative 5.1, according to 82games.com.
While Felton has started all 35 games he’s played for New York in 2013-14, the offensive rating statistic (points scored per 100 possessions with a given player on the court) suggests he isn’t the best option on his own roster.
Pablo Prigioni's offensive rating of 107.5 is more than three points per possession better than Felton's 104.2 mark, per NBA.com/Stats. Not only that, but Prigioni's defensive rating of 104.3 is also slightly more favorable.
The Knicks’ starting point guard has often been criticized for being overweight, which he admitted to being during the summer of 2012, per Tim Bontemps of the New York Post.
“I am the first one to say, ‘I wasn’t in shape.’ I don’t make no excuses, I don’t blame anyone else,” he said.
The Knicks are 15-20 with Felton in the lineup and 5-11 without him.
The statement by the NBA exec may have been hyperbolic, and while Felton may not be the clear-cut "worst" point guard in the league, he certainly isn’t one of the best.
Color me skeptical.
The Knicks could aim to trade their struggling point guard moving forward, but his trade market is slim and bordering on nonexistent. Felton will make approximately $3.6 million this season and $3.7 million in 2014-15 before a $3.9 million player option for the 2015-16 campaign.
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