Felton outplays Lin in preseason

October, 28, 2012
10/28/12
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So Deron Williams thinks the Knicks are better off with Raymond Felton than Jeremy Lin.

We happen to agree.

For what it's worth (and that may not be much), based on the preseason, Williams is dead right.

Lin has struggled through an up-and-down exhibition season. Felton, on the other hand, has thrived with the Knicks.

Lin ended his preseason on a high note, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including four 3-pointers) in a win over the Magic on Friday night.

Prior to that night, though, Lin wasn't exactly lighting it up in Houston. He'd made just 22.2 percent of his shots, having a tough time adjusting to teams being focused on stopping his attempts to get to the rim.

Was Lin feeling pressure to live up to expectations associated with his three-year, $25.1 million contract, the same contract the Knicks declined to match? It's hard to say.

According to reporting by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Lin seemed to be forcing the issue by driving to the rim instead of settling for mid-range jumps shots. Lin attributed it to getting used to life in a new system.

Overall, Lin averaged 6.3 points, 6.0 assists and 2.5 turnovers in the preseason. He shot 28.3 percent from the floor.

Felton, on the other hand, was solid in the Knicks' six preseason games. He scored 11.3 points per game on 42 percent shooting (38 percent from beyond the arc). He handed out 5.8 assists and grabbed 2.3 rebounds a night.

Williams said he thought Felton was the better point guard because he'd been playing at a high level for seven seasons, while Lin's only done it as a starting point guard for 25 games. He made no reference to the preseason. But if he had, it certainly would've supported his point.

Question: Do you agree with Deron Williams? Is Felton better than Lin? Are the Knicks better off with Felton running the show?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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