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Deron Williams says Knicks better with Felton than Lin

Oct 29, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

Nets Williams drives to the basket past Knicks Lin during their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

Jeremy Lin is gone from New York, which led to a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth among some Knicks fans. He was their savior midseason, the guy who helped turn the team’s season around, a guy the fans related to and loved and now he is in Houston.

Deron Williams thinks the Knicks are better off that way.

Williams is the other point guard in New York — William’s Nets play the Lin-less Knicks on Thursday — and he thinks the Knicks upgraded, he told the New York Post.

“I would say Raymond Felton is a better point guard than Jeremy Lin, in my opinion,” Williams said. “Well, he’s just proven. I can’t go out and say that … [Lin] had a heck of a run.

“The numbers he was putting up were All-Star type numbers, when he was starting. We’ll see how he does this year. But going off of track record? I’m going to go with Raymond Felton. And Ray probably had his best year [with the Knicks] … that half year he was there, he was averaging like 17 and nine. He definitely likes the bright lights, and they’re a good team with him.”

Felton is more experienced and probably fits better in different kinds of offenses. Lin has more potential, more upside if you feel like using the draft-night cliché, and he is fantastic when put in the pick-and-roll and asked to play in a specific system.

With what Woodson wants to run, they may be better off with Felton — he has chemistry with Amare Stoudemire (when he comes back) and can fit into the offense better as a spot up guy when Carmelo Anthony has the ball.

If we are just talking about right now, Felton could be better. But three years from now? That could be a very different story, but the price was too high for the Knicks to gamble on the outcome. So Lin is a Rocket.

  1. jmclarkent - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I agree.

    Lin is a better shooter and a nice passer (not to mention a superior merch seller), but his off ball hand is “power forward” quality and he cannot get him own shot against solid defense. Add in that Felton is a better defender, meshes better with Melo and is millions cheaper – it seems as if the Knicks will be better off.

  2. cakemixa - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    He still mad about when he got owned by Lin the first game. He did own Lin the next game, though.

    • LPad - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      I wouldn’t say owned. He had like 22 and 13 that game.

  3. jintzforever - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Having watched Felton in Portland for a year – the guy is useless, fat and lazy. Other than that he’s great.

  4. tfoltz - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Coming from a city with no basketball team, Lin made the Knicks interesting…Felton does not.

  5. jmmsr1 - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Who cares what Deron Williams thinks. He’s just glad Lin in no longer a threat….yeech!

  6. staff2cj - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    C’mon D Will why the hate on Lin? Are you trying to get headlines for you team

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    And the Knicks are (still) better than the Nets as well, Deron. You left that part out.

  8. ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    As a Knick fan, I will say that Linsanity was cool because we had been losing. Bad. Then Lin blew up and we won 10 games or so before people (most notably DWill and the lowly Nets) figured out Linsanity and exposed it.

    Felton and Amare’ however, has been proven. Just get Melo the ball which Felton and any NBA point guard should be able to do, and he essentially will (and sometimes won’t) do the rest. His herculean April of last season solidified it for me. Here’s hoping he gets a healthy dose of the 4. He just works better there.

    Deron Williams is 50x the point guard that JLin is. AND, he’s probably forgotten more about playing the point than JLin has even learned. He gets to weigh in on this because he’s obviously more qualified than just about anyone in the world, and he absolutely destroyed Jeremy last year. I mean shredded him for like 55…

    Ray’s better all around, and I’m glad we got him. Just wish we had D-Will.

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