Felton has PLENTY to prove to the people (media included) that desperately wanted Lin back. He also has to prove that he can lead this team and get the Melo/Amare tandem working. Knicks let Lin go and decided to go with Felton, so he has A LOT to prove and plenty of pressure that comes with it. I'm sure he can handle it though.
Melo proved that he is still a lethal scorer.
Melo proved that he is damn near unguardable at the 4.
Melo proved that he can be as clutch in NY as he was in DEN.(see CHI game)
Last season was hampered by subpar pg play, injurues and lousy coaching. If Melo was able to get us past MIA by himself he'd be the best player on the planet.