HarthorneWingo wrote:When you hire Mike D'Antoni you know you're going to be running a PG oriented offense with a lot of 3-point shooting. Everything was going in the right direction until we got another shiny object in Melo and got rid of Felton who was at that time playing at an All Star level. As a matter of fact, a large number of people believed he should've made the All Star team for the East.
Melo got MDA fired because he didn't want to buy into that system either.
Felton fell off. That's why he didn't make the damn all-star game.
Let's not have revisionist history right now.
You're really going to make me look this up?
Be right back ....http://bleacherreport.com/articles/587609-nba-all-star-game-raymond-felton-and-10-players-most-likely-to-be-snubbed
NBA All-Star Game: Raymond Felton and 10 Players Most Likely to be Snubbed
JANUARY 28, 2011
The NBA All-Star Game starting lineups were announced today and by golly if the fans didn't actually get things mostly right this year. In the East, it's Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade as the guards, LeBron James and Amar'e Stoudemire as the forwards, with Dwight Howard as the center. Out West, the guards are Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant, the forwards are Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, and the center is...Yao Ming?
OK, there's obviously legitimate beef with Yao—he of the five games played this season being voted in as the Western Conference starter at center—and perhaps with Derrick Rose getting the start at point guard over league assist leader Rajon Rondo. But otherwise, I'm not mad at that list.
Now, however, is where the fun really begins. Each team currently has five players, and they need to get to 12 by February 3rd, when the reserves, as selected by the coaches, will be announced. Sure, guys like Rondo and Dirk and Steve Nash are still gonna make it, but what about the players who aren't automatic?
Here are my arguments for the sometimes overlooked players that should still get to take that trip to Hollywood.
8. Raymond Felton
When the Knicks signed Felton as a free agent this past summer, to many Knicks fans he was an afterthought. They missed out on LeBron, so ok, who's left? You? Alright, I guess you'll do.
Well aren't they singing a different tune now? While Amar'e Stoudemire has gotten the lion's share of the attention, and rightfully so with his MVP-like play, Felton has quietly been enjoying a career year, and has looked like the best point guard the Knicks have had since...a young Mark Jackson?
He's averaging career highs in almost every category, including scoring (17.5 per game) and assists (8.9 per game, sixth in the league). He's also been a capable leader, and has run coach Mike D'Antoni's high octane offense to perfection while helping the Knicks finally escape mediocrity and creep towards respectability.
Maybe Knicks fans would still take CP3 if he were to become available, but otherwise, they're quite happy with RF2.