This was not a good season for Raymond Felton. Entering his eighth season in the NBA, Felton was expected to do a lot of what he did the year before: Running the point for a team with a ton of scoring potential and helping to break down defenses. Unfortunately, he regressed in a major way. Felton finished the season with a career low 9.7 points per game, to go along with just 5.6 assists. There were 30 point guards who scored more points per game than Felton, making him worse than many second-string guards.
Felton also reverted back to the first few years of his career when it came to his field goal percentage. At no point since the second year of his career had he shot below 40 percent. This year he was at 39 percent. Putting the numbers aside, it was a miserable year for Felton. He could be seen dribbling around outside the arc before passing to either Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith or Amar’e Stoudemire. In black and white, Felton just didn’t create offense.
Felton is another guy not known for his defensive skills. That being said, the Knicks gave up an exorbitant amount of points to opposing point guards this season. More guards than I’d like to remember scored their season highs against the Knicks and Felton was a large part of the issue. His speed doesn’t allow him to stay in front of the younger, faster breed of point guards in the NBA today. John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight and Kyle Lowry all tore up Felton and that is a major reason the Knicks season turned out the way it did.
Felton ranked No. 23 in assists this year. While there were times that he helped the Knicks move the ball, there was just too much standing around in 2013-14. That has to fall at least in part on the point guard. At times, he showed chemistry with Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, often times feeding the huge alley-oops that accounted for much of Chandlers production. There’s no doubt in my mind that with a better point guard the Knicks offense could have moved better, even under Mike Woodson.
The trend for Felton has to be down and the future is grim for the Knicks. Felton’s contract is one of the few that does not expire after next season. He has a player option in 2015-16 and depending on his level of play, that could make a lot of sense for him to activate. It will be interesting to see if Felton can stop his decline under Phil Jackson next season.