Knicks Blog Player of the Week: Raymond Felton

Sam Spiegelman

Winners of five of their last six games, the Knicks proved they are capable of playing team basketball and most importantly showing up on the defensive end.

Arguably the biggest contributor over this past week has been Raymond Felton, who has upped his play since returning from a groin injury on Jan. 7.

Felton put forth his best game of the season against Miami on Jan. 9, dishing a season-high 14 assists in addition to 13 points and and five boards as the Knicks upended the defending champions.

Two nights later, Felton scored nine points and had six assists as the Knicks took down the 76ers. And on Jan. 13, he proved to be the most clutch player on the floor.

With time running down in the fourth quarter, Carmelo Anthony deferred to Felton who drained a three from the corner to give the Knicks a two-point lead with seconds remaining. Felton scored a season-high 19 points on a season-high eight made field goals as the Knicks defeated the Suns in overtime.

This month, Felton has averaged 13.2 points, 6.0 assists and 2.2 rebounds, all while shooting almost 42 percent, a stark contrast from his play earlier on in the year. With Felton becoming a more dependable contributor, the Knicks are able to play a more sound style of basketball.

38 comments
SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Vogel said that Bargnani at the 5 and Melo at the 4 creates more problems for Indy because Hibbert will have to come out of the paint a bit to guard Bargnani giving Melo/Felton a better lane to the basket. They'll probably have Paul George and Granger guard Melo. If that's the case, then whoever David West is guarding needs to take advantage of that matchup...particularly Shumpert. 


Just some stats for everyone. Make of them what you will:


Ian Begley @IanBegley 

Since the start of the calendar year, Carmelo Anthony has averaged 25.1 PPG on 44% shooting. Paul George has scored 18.6 PPG on 37% shooting


Chris Herring @HerringWSJ 

Knicks have been dominant w/ Melo-Bargnani lineups in past 10 gms: 122 pts per 100 plays on O; allowing 87 pts per 100 plays on D in 30 mins


Chris Herring @HerringWSJ

Knicks are shooting 84.6% (22-of-26) at the rim w/ Melo-Bargnani at the 4/5 over the past 10 games. Getting higher % of looks from rim, too.



rico
rico

For the past 10 days the Knicks have finally played sort of how we expected them to play before the season began.  Nobody predicted the horrorshow December. That said I;d say the biggest story of 2014 and the last week is the resurgence of Amare. 


IF Amare can stay at this level (and healthy) Jr gets his head out of his butt, the knicks could be fun and formidable again.



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Did everyone hear the announcers questioning why Melo was bringing up the ball up the floor when he had already logged many minutes the night before?

I have stated repeatedly that Melo wastes energy and does not play an efficient game. He usually will bring the ball up the floor in each game.  Our coach has to instruct Melo to stop wasting energy on things like this because he will wear himself out by the 4th qtr.

knickfan2
knickfan2

NBA EC player of the week: Carmelo Anthony

TKB player of the week: Raymond Felton

What's wrong with this picture?

illmatix
illmatix

K Mart and Amare have had more to do with our recent success in the past week than Felton imo

lindro88
lindro88

Felton? Just give the award to Melo every week. He's the only player on this team worth anything.

RadioRah
RadioRah

STAT should have got the POTW. I don't hate Felton nearly as much as the rest of the blog, dude had some big shots this week. That said he needs to pass the rock a lot more. His lack of defense against better PG's drives me crazy but who on our team could have done any better to be honest at that position and hit a shot on offense? That said STAT had a great week and even Melo who was the NBA player of the week would have been a better option.

Rob Kulish
Rob Kulish

Is this forreal? Raymond Felton is a freaking atrocity on defense. EVERY single freaking player he is matched up against puts up gigantic numbers.


Seriously. This is absurd. Goran Dragic, Kemba, Norris Cole - all of them dominated and put up monstrous games!


Ugh!

thatsagoodpoint
thatsagoodpoint

Felton is a dog. How can you legitimately ever call him the best player on our team for an entire week's period? For a game perhaps, but no way for an entire week.

rkj473
rkj473

It's fair to say, I disagree with this post and choice of POTW. Felton has tallied less than 5 assists in the last two games. Instead he felt the need to pick up the scoring (granted it was needed) but his first job is to create for his teammates, other than the 14 assists performance against the Heat, he has been terrible.


BTW how you talk about Felton's offensive production, while completely ignoring him getting burned on defense by seemingly every pg he matches up against?

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

And now BR is reporting that JR is definitely playing tonight. Will the drama never end?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

What does STAT have to do to get some love. In the last week of 4 games, he is 23-37 62% from the field. He did 15-7 in 22+ minutes per game.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

Felton as Player of the Week? Jeez, this is starting to sound like a third grade field day  where everybody gets a trophy just for being there. Or is this self-esteem generation manifesting itself?


Well, if Felton is that good, the Knicks don't need to worry about re-integrating Prigs into the line-up in an important game against the Pacers. The Knicks already have the issue of re-acclimating Melo, Bargs, and STAT to playing well with Chandler taking up space down low. Not knocking Chandler, but his presence does require adjustments once again.

ds2488
ds2488

LOL.  This feature has to be a running joke to troll us right?  First JR wins it for no reason, and now Felton? Besides for that one game, Felton has been absolutely atrocious.  

rico
rico

How about JR Smith?

He's out 

He's in

He's out again?

That's our impact player of the week!

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

We talk about the resurgence of Amare but he doesn't win this? Assuming we want someone other than Melo to win it lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

I would have chosen Melo or K-Mart myself but what do I know!

brookdon
brookdon

@jonahballow: Woodson says Prigioni may suit up for #Knicks tonight against Pacers.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Felton?  Seriously he of the 1 assist against the Suns, and the horrendous game against the Bobcats to go along with his awful defense should never be the player of any week

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@xmenreturn For that matter, let's not ask him to pick up 14 rebounds every game or defend bigger players. That's a lot more tiring than bringing up the ball. What is tiring is when your coach plays you non stop 40+ minutes every game.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint Let's not pretend we're full of defensive virtuosos...

Felton's not the only one to blame for our perimeter woes, and let's not also forget that now Shump covers the opposing team's best perimeter player.

Let's not pretend we defend the paint like Patrick, Mase, and Oak, and let's not pretend we're all grit and tough like the Bad Boys

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Mr.Boots Why Wouldn't he?  He got benched because he was late to a meeting....he got benched message sent, now he'll play.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic For, it's about hustle on D. Those open layups are just killer. At least maul someone or whatever.

If you don't have the instincts, just flat out drop them...

I don't know.

I don't wanna see all his energy on offense and none on D.

rkj473
rkj473

@ds2488 JR won it back-to-back weeks lol... idk how that was possible.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@brookdon Love Prigs coming back but I don't see him doing much the first game back from a broken toe against the best defense in the league

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@VerySilentJayWell, he's a forward so he needs to rebound.  But doing things like bringing the ball up the floor like a guard does nothing to help the team or Melo.  

We are weak on the boards and Melo, our SG like Shump have to help out. But why do we need Melo to bring the ball up? Although our PGs can't get into the paint with any regularity, they should at least be able to bring the ball up.  

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@xmenreturn @VerySilentJay But isn't that being inefficient as well, given that rebounding duties are for Kmart and Amare/AB/TC?


Isn't it inefficient to rebound way more? No, it's for the sake of the team. Does it tire more, of course, but that's the way teams work, which is why you see Shump rebounding as well.

Belive me, between rebounding and bringing the ball up the court, rebounding takes the cake for wearing a player down, bar none.