You ever heard that saying in football, if you have two quarterbacks you have none? The same could be said about the Knicks point guard controversy. From Linsanity, to depression and now confusion. Who is going to be the starting and backup point guards for New York opening night? And will they keep that job throughout the season? Knicks fans better hope James Dolan knows what he’s doing.
Felton looks to be a lock to take on the starting point guard position, but only if comes into camp in shape. Last season in Portland Felton looked like a bloated version of himself. He went from being an above average point guard to a guy having his worst year of his career in 2012. In 60 games for the Blazers, Felton averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 31 minutes a game. His career averages are 13.4 points, 6.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
I think Felton has the talent to be a top notch floor general, but does he have the heart to do it? I think he left his heart in New York after they dealt him to the Denver Nuggets in 2010-2011. In 54 games with the Knicks Felton played like an All-Star, averaging 17 points, 9 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals. It was by far his best play of his career.
If Felton can return to his New York style of play the Knicks will be just fine. But that’s easier said than done. How will he handle Kidd and Pablo behind him? Can he make Carmelo and Stoudemire happy? A lot of questions need to be answered. I think the Knicks playoff hopes rest in the hands of whoever is the leader of the team at point guard.
I honestly don’t expect much from Kidd. I think he should have retired after he won a championship with the Mavericks in the 2010-2011 season. He is at best a backup point guard in this stage of his career. He’s lost a lot of speed and will struggle with most starting point guards defensively. His shot is broke beyond belief, shooting less than 40% the last two seasons. I think the Kidd signing by the Knicks was a bad investment.
Pablo Prigioni will be a 35 year old rookie. With that said i think the Knicks better hope he can be a servicable backup to Felton. In the 2011-2012 season in the Euroleague Prigioni played with the Caja Laboral. In 10 games he averaged 7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.8 steals in 28 minutes a game. Not a lot of production from a guy that will make his NBA debut at 35 years old. Pablo has a lot to prove and a short time to prove it.
The Knicks have taken some very risky chances at point guard. First with letting Jeremy Lin go to the Rockets, Now by bringing in two point guards coming off bad years, and a guy who is closer to retiring than having a great career as a rookie. Only time will tell if it works out for New York, but if it doesn’t, Madison Square Garden will let the world know.