Why Felton/Amare Could be Better Than Nash/Amare
Let me first preface my opinion by stating that they are clearly not there YET. That said, I see the potential for Felton and Amare to be better than Nash and Amare and here is why:
Amare is now just entering his prime and this point cannot be overstated. Amare is in top form, healthy and has years of experience playing with Nash and playing in the playoffs against elite teams to draw from. He is battled tested and hardened like Japanese steel. Amare has added a consistent jumpshot to his game which compliments his strength and speed because defenders have to defend him on the wings now giving him the opportunity to blow past them. He has matured into a leader and is thriving under the lights and pressure of NYC.
Felton has the raw materials to be better than Nash in almost every way. He is stronger, bigger, faster, better scorer and more athletic than Nash. These attributes may allow Felton to out due the savvy and IQ Nash possesses. Felton is no dummy either as he has displayed tremendous bball IQ and savvy as well, all though a notch or two below Nash. Felton too is entering his prime and is poised to have many years playing along Amare in D'ants system.
My prediction is that Felton's strength, speed, scoring and athleticism make him more of a threat to contain than Nash therefore will open up more scoring opportunities for Amare. His passing and IQ are a below that of Nash and he may never reach that caliber in those departments but his overall game and the fact that both Amare and Felton are entering their prime together leads me to predict they will be the superior tandem. Thoughts?
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Well I can't say that Felton will ever be Nash. But with that said I believe that Nash did not help Amar'e as much as people thought. Even without Felton he can be effective and has proven he does not need a dance partner to be effective.
Feltons however is just a completely different player so the comparison is a little moot. Felton is a more physical rugged guard then Nash is. Felton plays decent defense, gets a few steals and is very difficult to exploit in the post. In that respect you can already say Felton is a far more complete player to begin with.
Offensively is another story, Nash's passing ability is also matched by his ability to get a shot whenever he wants and his superior range. Coupled together you have to make a choice stay home with cutters and spot up shooters or let Nash go off. Felton is similar in this regard but not quite as gifted offensively, he will get better tho.
In terms of Leadership and Toughness they are tied. Nash manged to still play with one eye an Felton played a double overtime game with a stomach virus both were effective.
While many would laugh at this comparison now, nobody is laughing at the argument that Felton is in the early running for the All-Star Game or that he is our second best player. Right now its still a little early to really make an argument either way tho.
Nash is a far better shooter than Felton is and he's a much better passer.
But what Felton lacks on the offensive end he makes up for on the defensive end...Nash can't defend worth crap, whereas Felton is strong and can hang with the best of them...and he can also force steals and turnovers too, something Nash has no chance in hell of doing.
To be honest when it comes to Felton and Amar'e I've been just as impressed if not more so with their defensive contributions than I have been their offensive ones.
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Felton-Stat is better than Nash-Stat.... only for Stat.
Felton is miles far away from Nash and this is why Stat value stands up.
I recognize Felton is playing well and it has real good statitics, but please, we're talking about a PG and the IQ is something fundamental in terms of choice during the match, and Felton isn't comparable to Nash.
Yeah but you wonder if Felton's ability on defense makes up for Nash's better offense. Nash is TERRIBLE on defense and Felton is pretty good. Felton is a two-way player, Nash is as close to a one-way player as you can get.
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The main advantage Nash has over Felton is his shooting. Nash is quite honestly one of the best pure shooters in the NBA. However, physically, Felton is bigger, stronger, and faster than Nash. Also, Felton is easily a better one on one defender.