Ray Felton vs. Jeremy Lin - the #'s may surprise you
Just found this comparison interesting. Sorry if this has already been posted & discussed on another thread, was not sure whether I should post this on the Felton thread or the Lin thread.
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The caveat to the stat breakdowns above is Jeremy Lin's averages as a starter over 25 games last year were:
Given the relative talents and relative costs of both players, is the decision to bring back Lin as clear cut as many fans think? Do the [Only registered and activated users can see images. Click Here To Register...]
speak loud enough in favor of Felton as to trump whatever advantages that Lin may represent in terms of X's and O's?
Age = 23
Total Value of New Deal = 3 years $25 million
Career Games With Knicks = 35 (25 started)
Points = 14.6
Assists = 6.29
Rebounds = 3
W-L Record = 20-15
Career Non-Knicks Stats = 2.6 PTS, 1.4 AST, 1.2 RBS
Age = 28
Total Value of New Deal = 3 years $10 million
Career Games With Knicks = 54
Points = 17.1
Assists = 9
Rebounds = 3.6
W-L Record = 28-26
Career Non-Knicks Stats = 12.8 PTS, 6.5 AST, 3.3 REB
*All stats via ESPN.com
So basically, both of these guys excelled in D'Antoni's uptempo style system, except Felton was able to do it over a longer stretch of games & was more of a ball facilitator while Lin was more of a ball dominant scorer.
We've seen that Mike Woodson prefers to play a more structured style of offense while D'Antoni allowed his players a lot more freedom to shoot at will. Which of the 2 PG's do you guys feel is the better match for our current roster, head coach & style of play? Jeremy Lin or Ray Felton?
Perhaps more importantly, who is more likely to be respected by Melo & STAT on the basketball court & in the lockerroom?
* Please let's not discuss anything about the contract that Jeremy Lin signed, or how stupid James Dolan was for not matching on this thread. I would like to hear your thoughts on which of these guys you feel is better suited for this current Knicks' team & why.