So this season New York decided to invest $7M on a new point guard: Raymond Felton. Based on last year’s stats it seems that Felton is an upgrade to Duhon. He had a better true shooting percentage (TS%: 52.5% to 50.1%) and three point percentage (3P%: 38.5% to 34.9%) while scoring nearly five more points per 36 minutes (pts/36: 13.2 to 8.6). Additionally he was a better ball hawk (stl/36: 1.7 to 1.0) and rebounder (reb/36: 3.9 to 3.1). However a look at his career stats show Duhon’s superior in regards to true shooting percentage (52.4% to 49.3%) and from downtown (36.2% to 32.7%). It’s painful for me to write this, but over the course of their careers Duhon had been a more efficient scorer than Felton.Remember, Duhon had a tremendous first half to his first campaign here. Somewhere near 14 and 8 until after the all-star break. But like many players on poor teams there has to be a scapegoat, and the ex-Duke product was villified by Knicks fans everywhere. Don't worry, he'll help Orlando in a big game or two this year. Put it in the books.
Anyway, Felton, to me, is more of a playmaker who doesn't finish in the lane all too well. Lke Duhon, he doesn't get to the rim unless it's off a running start. Any hesitation in the lane leads to a pass rather than an attack of the rim looking for contact.
I see a better jumpshooter in Felton in terms of shot selection, Duhon would take, and sometimes make, an annoying pull-up transition three. If Felton can shoot 37-39% from 3 then he will have more space to create and that will make the Knicks a very potent team offensively.