Why Raymond Felton Is Being Grossly Overrated by NY Knicks Fans

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterNovember 27, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18:  Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2012 in New York City. 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. The Knicks defeated the Pacers 88-76.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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And just when you thought you got the steal of the summer.

Raymond Felton is like that $20 gold watch you buy from a dude on the street.

It looks good, so you start rocking it out for a few weeks, earn some compliments from chicks who confuse left with right...maybe even start rolling your sleeves up a little higher than usual. You're feeling good about yourself, and you're getting used to it.

But a few days later the band unravels and the hands stop rotating, and you realize why the watch cost $20 to begin with.

Felton isn't new to the league. This will be his eighth year as a pro. There's a reason he was expendable to Charlotte, Denver and Portland. There's a reason he's been a short-term contract guy. And there's a reason he's making the same amount as Steve Novak.

I think it's fair to say that we know who Raymond Felton is by now, and that's not an All-Star reserve point guard.

Let's look at his complete body of work, not counting the half-year he spent under Mike D'Antoni, which turned out to be a glaring outlier on the map (not to mention only 54 games of 547).

In six and a half years with Charlotte, Denver and Portland, Felton is a career 41 percent shooter from the floor, and a 32 percent shooter from downtown.

As of right now this season, Felton is at his career shooting average of 41 percent from the floor...and he has actually played well. What happens when he starts to slump (cue the tape from Brooklyn).

What about his three-point percentage? He's making threes at a 42 percent clip right now, a huge increase from his career average. Though it's likely his three-point percentage will be higher this year because of the ball movement and Jason Kidd factor, expect a substantial drop-off in this department also.

Monday night against Brooklyn, Raymond Felton was downright brutal. While completely dominating the basketball, he missed 16 shots and turned it over five times in 42 minutes.

That's 21 wasted possessions by your point guard in a game that was tied after regulation.

He's a guy that can help you or hurt you, but can't seem to find that middle ground as a decision-maker.

Felton is making $3.48 million this year, which is pretty fair value. He might actually pack better value than Jeremy Lin considering the Knicks' desire to win now. 

But he's not some treasure lamp that Glen Grunwald just discovered in his attic, covered by dust for all these years.

Felton is a middle-tier point guard who has his ups and his downs. I actually think he's one of the better pick-and-roll facilitators in all of basketball. But he's got to stick to what he's good at and understand his limitations. No team can afford their point guard to miss 16 shots in a game.

The Knicks paid for a cheap gold watch, and that's all right. But just don't be surprised if it breaks in the middle of a hot date.


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