Douglas hasn't developed into your classic point guard, but he can facilitate. He gets the team into their sets and has the ability to find open players. He's not a great creator, however, and rarely gets anyone easy baskets even in the pick and roll.
Defensively, he guards both positions, an asset that simply cannot be overlooked.
I was talking to my good friend Mike Salfino about the subject as he was doing research on the piece he wrote, which came out today.
Mr. Douglas has a reputation for being a better on-the-ball defender than Mr. Felton. And there's supporting evidence of that in our numbers—opponents average 12 fewer points per 48 minutes when Mr. Douglas is quarterbacking the Knicks compared to Mr. Felton's time on court. Additionally Mr. Douglas's turnover rate is about half of Mr. Felton's and his paltry rate of assists suggest he's a poor distributor. But Mr. Douglas has played with 61 different combinations of players (excluding those with Mr. Felton). And he hasn't logged more than 26 minutes with any of them. That's hardly a formula for fostering basketball chemistry.
How the Knicks fare when Raymond Felton is playing point guard compared to how they fare when Toney Douglas is playing, plus how they do when both are on the court at the same time.The bottom line is that, yes, the Knicks hope Douglas, using Dallas as an example, can be the scorer that Jason Terry is with better defense, and have a JJ Barea-type come off the bench to spell Felton. Although, to be fair, Felton is far younger than Jason Kidd who played close to 40 minutes per night in his hay-day. Lead PGs log minutes.
Point Guard Minutes Points per
Opp. Points per 48 min. Differential Raymond Felton 1817 107.2 107.6 -0.4 Toney
434 103.2 95.4 7.8 Felton With Douglas 606 102.8 103.6 -0.8
For now, Douglas is playing a key role, at least according to the above numbers. He doesn't turn the ball over much, but I equate bad shots as turnovers and TD often takes poor shots.
I think for now the Knicks want to see if Felton is capable of playing high level basketball during a high amount of minutes. Twenty guards in the NBA average more than 35 plus. At some point, I'd look for the Knicks to add depth at the PG position.