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Andrea Bargnani has recently began to work out and run with with the New York Knicks, teammate Raymond Felton said Monday night at an Under Armour event.

Bargnani, who is dealing with a pneumonia that kept him out of EuroBasket with Team Italy, is not scrimmaging and is getting winded easily. However, it appears as if he'll be ready for the start of Knicks training camp in a week.

Felton also said Amare' Stoudemire has began running, but like Bargnani is not yet scrimmaging with the team.

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The back-and-forth between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets this offseason has been tremendous.

The newest member of the Nets, Paul Pierce, proclaimed his hatred for the Knicks has grown since relocating to Brooklyn. Knicks guard Raymond Felton laughed off Pierce's comments, apparently following suit of the NBA's mandate to end this intercity rivalry.

That lasted ... all of a week.

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The champions came calling, but it was no use.

Despite a strong push from the Miami Heat, free-agent guard Toure' Murray has accepted an invitation to participate in New York Knicks training, according to media reports.

The Knicks were impressed with Murray's strong summer league performance in which he proved to be a strong defender. According to reports, coach Mike Woodson said Murray and big man Jeremy Tyler were his two favorite players from the summer league squad.

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The Jets vs. the Giants, the Yankees vs. the Mets, so why not the Knicks vs. the Nets?

According to a report by the New York Post, the NBA does not want any bad blood between the Knicks and Nets, so much so that Commissioner David Stern ordered a sit-down meeting between Knicks owner James Dolan and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov this past season in an effort to end any tension between the two New York teams.

Both parties said the meeting was very cordial and pleasant, anonymous sources told The Post.

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Rivalry Check is an ongoing series in which we preview 10 of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

New Faces:?It was certainly not a busy offseason in the nation's capital, as the Wizards have added only a few role players to surround their core talent. Among the new additions is former New York Knicks forward Al Harrington, who after missing almost all of last season will attempt to add some depth to the frontcourt.

Earlier in the offseason, the Wizards addressed their backcourt. The team added veteran point guard Eric Maynor to back up John Wall. Maynor fell out of the rotation in Oklahoma City, but at times was a valuable backup for the Thunder.

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With all of the offseason additions, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is still unsure of which players he'll trot out as his starting five.

According to Woodson, only Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton are sure bets to crack the starting lineup, leaving the shooting guard and power forward positions open for competition.

At the 2, J.R. Smith will play starter minutes, but the reigning Sixth Man of the Year will probably continue to provide an offensive spark off the bench like he did in 2012.

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An annual summer series, ESPN released its summer forecast yesterday, projecting where each team would finish in the 2013-14 season.

The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.

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If you recall last season, aside from that brief period of Linsanity, the Knicks had quite a time finding quality play at point guard.

When you consider that the team openly talked championship before last season while trotting out Toney Douglas at the one to start the year it kind of boggles the mind. This mind was boggled.

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Don't worry, Knicks fans.

Raymond Felton is motivated and in shape.

That's what North Carolina coach Roy Williams told me Saturday morning at the Peach Jam where he is scouting some of the top high school prospects in the nation.

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Coming off the lockout last season, Raymond Felton admittedly came into training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers overweight and out of shape. The result was one of his poorest statistical efforts in his seven seasons as an NBA point guard.

Since the Knicks officially acquired Felton for the second time on Monday via sign-and-trade with Portland, there has been a lot of talk about Felton's weight and conditioning.

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With the deadline to match the Rockets' offer sheet to Jeremy Lin coming Tuesday evening at 11:59 p.m., the Knicks announced they have acquired Raymond Felton via sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday afternoon.

The Knicks also receive one-time Knicks forward Kurt Thomas, the oldest active player in the NBA, in exchange for Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric, the draft rights to Kostas Popanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis, and a protected future second-round pick.

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When I think Billups I think a Derek Harper 2.0. For those who remember Harp, he was a big, physical, non-traditional point guard who could stretch the defense in the half court with his shooting. Billups is a better shooter, and a less effective defender but the game is different today in terms of no longer being able to hand check. People talk about Billups' lack of dishing, but Harper averaged 5.5 assists for his career and never averaged more than 5.7 during his Knicks tenure. Billups can pass to himself for all I care as he's shooting 44% from deep this year and is 40% for his career. No one blamed Harper for the team's loss in Game 7 and his lack of play making ability didn't keep them from 3 years of relative playoff success. Again, the game is different in so many ways, but to me the constant is the necessity to make shots in half court situations in the fourth quarter.

Truth be told Harp should (would?) have been Finals MVP if the Knicks could have won game 7 in Houston.

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By now everyone has seen the reported deal that Donnie Walsh has turned down, and of course it has to include something about the owner.

It is believed that Walsh and Mike D'Antoni feel the team would be giving up too much. Garden chairman James Dolan has had direct involvement in the negotiations and may ultimately overrule his basketball staff

And you'd have to assume that the "starter" is Landry Fields. This deal doesn't solve the team's need up front and Billups isn't a Mike D'Antoni-type point guard, so I can see the hesitation. It is a ton. Plus, Donnie Walsh, since he's been here, waits until the deadline before dealing. Of course, he did pull the trigger on several deals in November of 2008, but any time the deadline rolls around Walsh traditionally stays patient. That is to say I don't buy an owner override if this exact deal happens 9 days from now. Walsh won't deal with a game left before the break and one has to assume, based on history, that a deal won't happen during it either. But it's good to know that it appears both parties are working on banging out a deal.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Eddy Curry, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler
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After what I deemed as his best stretch as a Knick, Danilo Gallinari has hit the skids from deep.

Via Alan Hahn

While Danilo Gallinari has been excellent from the free throw line this season (89.1 percent; he's hit 22 straight), what has happened to his three-point touch? He went 0-for-6 from downtown in the game and is now 3-for-26 from beyond the arc in his last five games. He hasn't hit two threes in the same game since he was 4-for-7 against Detroit on Jan. 30. He is shooting 34.5 percent from three-point range this season, which isn't terrible, but is below his standard from last season (38.1 percent), when he attempted 488 threes, which is the fourth-most in franchise history for a single season.
What I noticed during training camp was the simple fact that Gallo hasn't been an automatic 3-point shooter. He has the ability to make big 3s, like he did against Miami, but the truth is he hasn't hit his stride from behind the arc.

A lot of that, to me, has to do with the idea that he's trying to do more with his game in terms of getting to the basket and foul line, but his bread and butter has to be his jumper...which just isn't falling.

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Via NY Daily News
The Knicks and Nuggets have talked about other players changing uniforms, with one scenario having Raymond Felton going to Denver and Chauncey Billups ending up with Anthony in New York.
Alan Hahn mentioned Billups in a Melo deal about a month back. Billups was said to be rumored in a possible Nets deal but he had little interest in going there, threatening a buyout if he were dealt. He's from Colorado, played his University ball there, and doesn't seem to want to leave. He's won a ring and seems content to be home.? It seems as if a lot of second hand information is being passed around, first Bynum, who was said to be talked about and dismissed by the Lakers and Nuggets months ago, now Billups.

Obviously, anything can happen as the deadline approaches and brace yourselves this is just the beginning as the deadline is still weeks away. We haven't even passed the All-Star break and remember all those Amar'e/ Cleveland rumors when nothing ended up happening.

This is unfortunate for the Knicks who need to stay focused on playing well at home against LA's two teams both of whom will be in MSG on the second of back-to-back games.

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Felton led the team in FGAs last night and it reminded me of the days of Marbury and/or Crawford, who would get the team in the offense and settle for too many shots.

I don't know what the number is, but I just feel like every time a PG leads their team in shot attempts, it's a losing equation. It limits touches for other players. The Knicks actually had good ball movement on the last play, but Felton hadn't been getting the ball out of his hands that early most of the night.

This is not to blame Felton, who looked the freshest he's been in a while going to the basket, but there were early shot clock pull ups and floaters that were ill-advised.

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It's a discussion that keeps coming up, mainly because of Raymond Felton's legs and what many consider a lack of facilitation from Toney Douglas.

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.

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Great find via our boy Seth From P&T (from John Schuhmann)
The worst unit on a good team has been the Knicks' Raymond Felton, Landry Fields, Danilo Gallinari, Amar'e Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf, which has been outscored by 6.5 points per 100 possessions in 108 minutes. more
Turiaf's injuries this year have to be a factor in this, but does this disprove the idea that the Knicks need to play Amar'e at the 4 and a big body up front for rebounding?? The name of the game is to outscore the opponent. Interesting that this particular group struggles to score and defend particularly with Fields on the court.

What does this say about Gallo?

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It is very clear that Mike D'Antoni believes that 70% of Raymond Felton is as good as anything the Knicks have right now. And that's probably a big reason why amateur GM fans have scoured the D-League and been making trades on NBA 2k to try and find a suitable backup.

Felton injured his ankle and Portland and the numbers would suggest that he hasn't been right since. He's 8 for his last 43 and just 2 for his last 13 from downtown.

He's the engine that makes the Knicks go, there is no question about that. You can see him settling for passes and shots above the foul line area. Moreover, you can see it in his FT attempts. After taking 10 in Utah the game after, he's taken just 4 in 2 games.

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Last night *messed around and got a triple double.

23 points 11 assists 10 rebounds

It was a good day.

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I've been asked a lot about my thoughts about several Steve Nash rumors out there. They seem a bit convenient. Nash extended in Phoenix, who unfortunately are rebuilding after not giving Amar'e a guaranteed 5th year. And let's get one thing straight about that, yes the Knicks offered a 5th year, but that was not the only reason he signed here. He's embraced New York and loved the city before he signed. From what I hear it wasn't a guarantee that he would have resigned in Phoenix even if they did offer a 5th year.

Be that as it may, I wouldn't trade Felton for Nash. Nash is playoff tested, and a Hall of Famer. But he's going on 37 and Felton guards the ball better. He's been very efficient. The biggest edge Nash has is he shoots well-over 50% from the field. He doesn't take bad shots. If he does, they usually go in.

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Via AOL Fanhouse

I think now, I've found my home. I've found it. I'd love to spend the rest of my career in New York,'' Felton told FanHouse Wednesday after a light workout. "When this contract ends, hopefully we'll work out another one.''

While all the attention and most of the accolades for the rise of the Knicks have fallen on center Amar'e Stoudemire, it is the other free agent addition -- the mostly overlooked one -- who has been almost as key and a much bigger surprise.

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We've often spoke about the keys to the pick and roll as well as the various options the Knicks get off it. For more on the subject check out Hahn's breakdown and chat with Mike D'Antoni.

We've also talked about the role of the 4 man in Mike D'Antoni's system, and how space is the key. Here, he talks specifically about Wilson Chandler's impact at the 4 position and a real specific breakdown on the options in the PnR.

Chandler's work on 4s defensively has been nothing short of tremendous. He had to guard Boozer yesterday for crying out loud. I still think the Knicks may have trouble in big spots in half court games because of their lack of size, but they didn't show it yesterday, that's for sure.

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Kevin Durant looks like his legs could break at any moment, yet that doesn't stop coach Scott Brooks from rolling him out there 40 minutes per night.

He's like a thoroughbred who can run all day long on legs as thick as cocktail straws.

The same absolutely holds true for Amar'e Stoudemire, who averages less minutes per game than Durant.

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Wilson Chandler is a scorer. He can make shots from a ton of spots on the floor. I talk to scouts all the time who say one of the most important things about identifying scorers are where they can get their shot from. Chandler is particularly adept at knocking down off wing 3s, which is a skill not often found from players 6'8.

We've often talked about how D'Antoni-type players can stretch the defense and shoot near 50% from the field. Chandler is at 47% for the season and is shooting a career-best 37% from 3. Now, there are times where Will takes ill advised shots (or Will advised shots) and that often affects his percentages.

Will gets his three point looks in transition, and off of the pick and roll. It's simple, Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire simply get more people open. Here's a clip from a David Lee/Chris Duhon pick and roll.

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Via Newsday
Stoudemire said he is experiencing soreness in both of his thighs and in his neck from the pounding he has taken over the first 24 games of the season. Stoudemire played 42 minutes in the win over Washington and is averaging 37.2 minutes per game, which is tied with LeBron James and Russell Westbrook as the 18th-highest average in the NBA.

But despite burnout concerns, Stoudemire said he wants the heavy workload.

"I work extremely hard in the offseason to stay in top shape," he told me, "so whatever Coach Mike D'Antoni requires for me, minutes-wise, I'm totally down for it."..."I just don't see the difference between playing 37 minutes per game and 35 or 34," D'Antoni said. "I've never seen the difference. I think they're fine with the minutes and we continue to monitor them and see how they feel. But they're going to have to play a significant bulk of the minutes. That's just the way life is. For us to be good, they're going to have to play a lot of minutes."

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Via SLAM
SLAM: When we talked a few weeks ago you had mentioned Raymond Felton was the most important Knick aside from Amar?e. His play sure has ignited the team.

CF:

He?s the orchestrator. You got to have an orchestrator to get things going and keep the guys in line. Felton has been marvelous in doing that.

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Via BDL
It was the Bobcats that didn't count. And while Raymond Felton is a professional who should be relied upon to provide spirit and spark 82 games a year, he's also a human who played as if he knew better. And stuck on a middling team with no long-term plan working for coaches who loved to walk it up and call 197 plays per 100 possessions, Ray was stuck.

In New York? He's killing it.

As have the Knicks, who have won five in a row and 10 of 11. New York is currently fifth in the East with a 13-9 record, and while this team doesn't exactly smack of a conference contender, it does have to sit well with Knick fans who have had to deal with unending drama even when the Knicks were championship contenders. Going back to the team's run to the 1999 NBA Finals or especially the Pat Riley-run years, storm and stress was the order of the day for New York.

But not for this club. No, these Knicks just happen to be a pretty good team that is fun to watch. One of a few like it in this league. And something tells me that Knick fans are welcoming the nearly nightly entertainment factor along with its fightin' chance at a win. How the Knicks don't have to be on the tip of everyone's tongue due to behind-scenes machinations or potential for massive re-tooling or front office/coaching switches. How Mike D'Antoni's team is just a team to sit down to root for and (more often than not this season) watch win.

As I've been saying, the biggest thing about Felton is his ability to quickly get comfortable in the pick and roll, but how about his ability to can huge 3s? The irony is that Felton has more synergy with Mike D'Antoni than with a UNC guy in Larry Brown. Shouldn't be all that surprising considering Roy's secondary offense is way closer to D'Antoni's offense than Brown's by a wide margin.
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A few weeks back we detailed the importance of Ray Felton getting below the foul line and causing the defenders to react as a major key in the efficiency of the pick and roll.

Felton has certainly done a great job getting deeper into the defense, and what that has done is open up the center court pick and rolls that have really made this style unstoppable against the lower echelon teams.

Via NBAPlaybook

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FELTON OFF THE BALL

Here, the Knicks run their flex-cut/pin down screen play that they call "4 Pop." Notice the Nets do a great job of doubling Gallo forcing a reverse pass, which ends up to Felton in the corner. Great patience and a sweet teardrop that would have made Mark Jackson proud. The most impressive thing to me however? How about sprinting 3/4 court to cut Harris off into a wild, out of control pass?

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Via AOL FanHouse
"Well, of course,'' Nash said after being asked if he wished the Suns could have done more to retain Stoudemire. "We all wanted to keep him. But I understand. I thought Robert (Sarver, the team owner) did the best possible offer he could make. I know his system of ownership, and Amar'e made the decision to take a new opportunity and a more solidified deal.''

So Stoudemire has escaped to New York to join Mike D'Antoni, who coached both Stoudemire and Nash with the Suns from 2004-08. During that time, they were legitimate title contenders and Nash won MVPs in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Considering the D'Antoni-Stoudemire hookup and that the Suns have slipped, perhaps it's not a surprise Nash's name has come up in trade rumors, with the Knicks mentioned the most. But Nash scoffs at the rumors.

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Let?s face it. The Knicks have flaws.

The transition defense, the turnovers, the dependence on the three-pointer, etc.

But this team is developing the knack to close out wins; especially on the road ? which is a very impressive sign for a young team.

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Here, the Bobcats try to exploit the Gallo mismatch. Gallo plays Jackson tough and the steal leads to a STAT fast break.

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It's something we've talked about here plenty. The key to this offense is the combination of Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire. On the road trip the two did a better job of connecting, although improvement is still needed, and that had a lot to do with the ability of Felton to get deeper into the offense after the screen. I enlisted my good friend Sebastian Pruiti, who has joined BP as an analyst, to help me make the point visually.

Here, Felton gets to the elbow and stops instead of keeping his dribble, if he keeps his dribble and makes his move towards the block, Amar'e opens up and is open for the dunk. Instead he makes the pass to Mozgov, who is open, but isn't ready to shoot and is thus not a threat. If he attacks the block, it also forces Gallo's man to help, which would open him up for the jumper.

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With the Knicks in desperate need of wins and heading out West, a place where they rarely have had success, Raymond Felton took control of his team and led.

And he seemed to have a lot of fun doing it. Wouldn't you be?

He's knocking down jump shots, he's setting up teammates and he has the offense clicking. Can he continue to do that against his old team and play with an edge that every other ex-Knick seems to play when they face the Knicks?

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Via SI
The easy thing to do would be to heap the blame on Raymond Felton, whose major fault is that he?s not Chris Paul or Deron Williams or Rajon Rondo. With the Knicks in Denver on Tuesday, the story of New York?s drooling interest in Carmelo Anthony is back in the news, but even some of the experts interviewed for those stories suggest the Knicks need a creative point guard more than a ball-stopping forward. That might be true, particularly with Amar?e Stoudemire signed long term as the team?s go-to inside scorer.

But Felton is playing about as well as the Knicks could have reasonably expected. He?s shooting 44.6 percent from the floor (above his 41 percent career mark) and 37 percent from three-point range, which makes him one of New York?s best long-range shooters ? and a rare Knick outperforming his career three-point percentage. And for all the hemming and hawing about Felton?s mediocrity on the pick-and-roll, the (very) early numbers on Synergy Stats have the Knicks ranked as an above-average team on that play. They rank fourth in points per possession on pick-and-rolls on which the ball-handler finishes the play and 14th on plays finished by the roll man. That?s not awful.

For what it?s worth, Synergy has the Knicks ranked in the bottom five in spot-up situations and in transition. I?m not sure how much of that you can blame on Felton, though his career-worst turnover rate isn?t helping. (And boy did the Knicks ? and Felton? have some ugly turnovers in melting down against Houston over the weekend.)

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What do I mean by that? Simple.

The point guard's job, and what Steve Nash does so well, and Stockton before him as well as all the others who are great at the PnR, is that he uses the screen but also continues penetration to the foul line (extended). Getting further below the foul line is great as it draws defenders so easy baskets are created.

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So I was just watching some video on ESPN as they took a look into the Duke program. Coach K tells his players that 90% of their screens are non-existent because of a lack of contact on the defender. This is essential for off the ball screens, but also is a key factor to on ball screens as well.

The Knicks were one of the first teams to implement the "pick and slip" when they would show Patrick Ewing far from the basket only to have him wait for the on-ball defender to go on the high side and Ewing would "slip" to the basket usually for an uncontested dunk.It would work because the "hedging" defender would be stuck between hedging and staying with Ewing. The Knicks would isolate that side of the floor in a two man game.

In this video, in plays #7 and #1 exhibit the pick and slip. What the Knicks do a great job in the half court of not isolating the floor in a two-man game, they run it from top of key.? They bring the corner offensive player from the corner to above foul line extended so that if the weak side defender helps, the kick out is wide open. More ground to have to cover in order to "close out." It creates more half court space, which as we know is so key.?? Fields has made that shot, but it's meant for Gallinari and Chandler. If the make that shot, they are impossible to defend offensively.

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Thanks to two straight strong performances the Knicks are now +5 in overall point differential, placing them 9th in the NBA. Only 12 teams in the entire league can say the same thing. The combined records of the 8 teams in front of the Knicks?

35-7

The Knicks are also creeping up on a positive +/- rebounding differential as well. They are securing 43.40 rebounds per game vs. 43.80 they are giving up. Their 43 per game has them a very respectable 9th in the NBA.

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Great piece put together by Mike at Knickerblogger, who uses sabermetrics to deduce the difference between Ray Felton and Chris Duhon.

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.

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I've talked about this a bunch as it related to Mozgov's skill set. The big guy can trail in transition and set a pinned-ball screen on the wing that the point guard uses. Once the big man opens up he's impossible to defend if he's fed with a lead bounce pass.

Here, Felton and Amar'e demonstrate.

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Tommy's Twitter Feed...

Here it is everyone. Your first open thread for the first preseason game of the season. I would venture to guess that Turiaf gets the start along side Stoudemire and the starters will play significant minutes.

There are potential issues, but the bottom line for me is can the team create second opportunities and can they limit the other team to a lot of one and done situations, and I don't mean makes.

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Via Yahoo, who ranked him 23rd out of 3o...
Perhaps I underrated Felton's defense through the years, because he did look good last season. And he remains a sound finisher toward the end of quarters (don't underestimate that). There are about 97 other point guards, some retired, that I'd prefer running Mike D'Antoni's show in New York, but Felton will do in a pinch. And, yes, Knick fans, you're in a pinch. At least the pinch (and resultant squeeze) doesn't result in Chris Duhon(notes).
I'm excited to see Felton in this system frankly. And anyone who's truly watched him knows he's a top half on-ball defender. Hopefully that continues. I mean to rank him behind Ramon Sessions is and ahead of another backup in Ty Lawson is, in a word (or two), pretty ridiculous. He's far more proven.
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Aside from knee-jerk negative articles focusing on the current Knicks roster, Hoopsworld's Tommy Beer pens a solid and fair depiction of how the Knicks stack up. One note in particular is a belief that I have regarding Ray Felton who, to me, is the key to the success of the team this year.

In addition, Felton is still young ? he just turned 26 ? and has proven he can handle lead-guard responsibilities.? Felton's overall numbers dipped a bit last season, the good news was that his efficiency improved; he shot a career-high 46% from the floor and career-best 38.5% from three-point territory.?? Moreover, after being handcuffed under Larry Brown's plodding approach last season, Felton's game could flourish under the up-tempo and freewheeling "Seven Seconds or Less" offense in NY.
Efficiency numbers are encouraging, but the point that Felton was never a match in Brown's system is accurate, to me. And he still helped lead the Bobcats to the playoffs despite struggling against the Magic. Felton's strength is the ability to get out on everyone WITH the ball. He's one of the fastest players with the pill in the last decade. If he can get out on his own and finish then that's great, but he's going to have to learn that in D'Antoni's secondary break, the point guard has to wait for a trailing big to set a screen and roll and reverse the ball if the screener is covered.? He'll learn this and be great at it, I believe. Of all the new players, I'm most excited to see Felton in a system that most resembles the system the excelled at while at UNC. Fast break then a controlled, but fast, secondary break leading to half court sets.

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Via NY Post
"I wasn't one of D'Antoni's guys," said Harrington. "It was an obvious thing. No matter how good I played, no matter what happened, he wouldn't mention my name after a game or anything. He obviously didn't want me there.

"When they only got one max, I thought I would hear from them and get a call," Harrington added. "I was obviously wrong."

We've talked over and over about the disconnect in the locker room. I know Al thought it was his team, and guys like Nate and D Lee thought it was "theirs." It was a bad situation for everyone. Denver is a good situation for Harrington, who undoubtedly wanted to be a Knick. He was a Walsh guy, but if Walsh wanted to keep him he would have. They needed to make the Felton move and maintain flexibility.

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The Knicks will open up their Las Vegas Summer League today at 4:00 P.M. against the Nuggets. The game will be broadcast on NBA TV.

Personally, I'm very excited to see how much Toney Douglas has developed and if Bill Walker can elevate his game to be a major contributor. It's easy to tell in the summer league because if you notice a real disparity here it usually means they are not only ready to be on a roster but to contribute.

Also, interesting note in the New York Times today, that new point guard Raymond Felton played for Dan D'Antoni's AAU team. And, a great quote from Mike D'Antoni on Anthony Randolph.

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