Raymond Felton came to the bright lights of Broadway from the Charlotte Bobcats, where despite making the playoffs, he and his teammates languished in relative obscurity.
Thriving as a ballplayer in New York is more than simply surviving the onslaught of media attention without allowing it to neither swell nor diminish the player's ego.
There are also the hoards of savvy fans who know what players are supposed to do and let them know in no uncertain terms when they're not doing it up to New York standards.
In New York there's very little middle ground and no place to hide from the spotlight. Players flourish or falter, survive and thrive or crash and burn.
Raymond Felton came to New York and is enjoying the finest statistical season in this, the sixth year of his NBA career. Last season Felton led the Charlotte Bobcats to the playoffs for the first time in their seven-year history.
Last off season the Knicks gutted their roster in anticipation of needing salary cap space to sign LeBron James. After James announced he would take his talents to South Beach, the Knicks signed Raymond Felton.
Felton is one of the leading candidates for the most improved player award. Obviously, he will require more than a modicum of self-improvement to be considered for one of the highest honors an NBA player can garner, selection to the All-Star team.
In recent years the NBA has had an infusion of fine young point guards, and the competition in the East has gone from relative unknowns just three or four years ago to a star-studded cast which includes assist leader Rajon Rondo, rising superstar and MVP candidate Derrick Rose and the first pick overall in the 2010 draft John Wall.
Subsequent slides will outline why Raymond Felton has earned and should be selected for a spot on the All-Star roster.