....if the Knicks kept Lin instead of Felton? setting aside the contract do you think anything would be different?
West on radar as PG play disappoints
By MARC BERMAN
LOS ANGELES — The Knicks aren’t that desperate yet, but will be one of the teams monitoring the progress of mercurial point guard Delonte West, expected to make his D-League debut tonight when the Texas Legends host the Santa Cruz Warriors.
West is a super talent and super headache, but, at 29, a relative pup by Knicks standards. He hasn’t played all season but was effective last year with Dallas. The Knicks haven’t been thrilled with their point-guard play since Christmas, with Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd falling back to Earth, Iman Shumpert not being a reliable scorer and playmaking rookie Pablo Prigioni not enough of an offensive threat.
The Knicks don’t have a roster spot and rehabbing Rasheed Wallace is on the West Coast trip for “moral support,’’ coach Mike Woodson said. Woodson acknowledged he will sit down with general manager Glen Grunwald after the trip to explore options. Wallace would have to be cut to open a roster spot.
Wallace (foot surgery) could be back for the second round of the playoffs, but seems like a longshot. The Knicks probably won’t spring for a big-man signing unless Marcus Camby’s foot gives out again. Camby looked active in Portland Thursday.
The Knicks’ options are slim since they cannot sign a player waived after March 1 to be on the playoff roster. The top D-League centers include Hilton Armstrong, Vernon Macklin, Hassan Whiteside, Keith Benson, and Solomon Alabi.
As up and down as Felton is, he still is just as good if not better than Lin, while playing with 2 fingers on his shooting hand taped together. Let's not forget too that Lin makes 3X what Felton makes. Also, against the better Eastern Conference teams, Lin hasn't faired well.
Felton's not really a point guard. He's a tiny shooting guard who isn't all that great. Felton would excel as a scorer off the bench where he could get the ball early in the clock and not worry too much about getting his team mates involved. His ego would never allow it though.
First of all,Lin isn't really a pass-first point guard. He's more of a scoring guard who can pass as well.
Is he better than Felton ? It's arguable.
Lin is playing on the Rockets team who runs all the time and scores like 110 a game so his stats are inflated. Also he's a much better fit there than he would have been in NY.
If we had him instead of Felton I'm pretty sure some guys like Melo and J.R. wouldn't like it.
Then you have another problem. Lin likes to have the ball in his hands and also prefers an up tempo game.
At the beginning of the season he struggled playing off the ball even on Houston team who basically just runs.
Would we be better with Lin INSTEAD OF Felton ? NO. Felton is a better fit and it seems like his teammates like him. He can also at least carry the ball up the court against Miami without turning it over.
Would we be better with BOTH Lin and Felton ? YES. Start Felton and let Lin come off the bench to provide some scoring and playmaking. In that way we would have a great backup point guard,Melo and J.R. wouldn't complain too much because he wouldn't get as much attention as a backup and Lin would have the ball in his hands and a chance to play like he knows the best.
I don't get how this is even an argument lol It's not like we can't see what Jeremy Lin is doing. Stats aren't everything but numbers don't lie. Their pretty much doing the same exact thing this year and one guy plays better vs good teams and the other crawls into his little hole. I just don't get how you can justify giving a guy 3X what Felton makes for virtually the same production. Especially when, theres a strong possibility he would have been a distraction or his contract would have caused turmoil in the locker room. I can't stand Jason Kidd but I wouldn't trade him for that Landry Fields contract.