Posted October 27, 2012 on
AP on Fox
Brooklyn Nets All-Star Deron Williams said Saturday that Raymond Felton is a better playmaker than the point guard he replaced in New York, Jeremy Lin.
Lin outplayed Williams last Feb. 4 in a stunning performance off the bench, starting a phenomenon that became known as Linsanity. But the Knicks opted not to match the $25.1 million deal Lin signed with Houston, having already completed a sign-and-trade deal with Portland to reacquire Felton.
Felton played well in a previous stint with the Knicks.
''I would say Raymond Felton is a better point guard than Jeremy Lin, in my opinion,'' Williams said at the Nets' practice facility.
The Nets host the Knicks on Thursday in their first game at the new Barclays Center.
It would've been hard to imagine Lin not being there after the 10 games that started when he scored 25 points in a 99-92 victory over the Nets at Madison Square Garden. Williams scored 21 points and shot just 7 of 19 that night, though made amends later in the month when he scored 38 points as the Nets won in their return to New York.
Williams stopped short of saying the Knicks are a better team without Lin as the starting point guard, but said he would rather go with Felton because of what the veteran has accomplished in the league as a starter, especially during his short stay in New York before he was included in the deal that brought Carmelo Anthony over to the Knicks.
Felton averaged 17 points and nine assists in 54 games during the 2010-11 season in New York.
''He is just proven,'' Williams said.
''You'll have to see Jeremy Lin. He had a heck of a run. The numbers he was putting up were All-Star type numbers when he was starting, so we'll see how he does this year. But going off of track record, you know I'm going to go with Raymond Felton and Ray probably had his best year that half season he was there. I guess he likes the bright lights."
Felton admitted being out of shape last season in Portland after the lockout, but Williams likes what he has seen of Felton, whom he has known since their high school days.
''He looks good. He looks in shape this year,'' Williams said.
Williams did not practice Saturday but said he will return Sunday. He was given a cortisone shot two days ago for his left ankle that's been bothering him since the Olympics.
''After the season I'm going to have to get it cleaned up. We'll see after that,'' Williams said. ''I don't think it will be a problem. Like I said, the cortisone shots should get me through the season.''
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Brooklyn Nets All-Star Deron Williams says Raymond Felton is a better playmaker than the point guard he replaced in New York, Jeremy Lin.
Lin outplayed Williams last Feb. 4 in a stunning performance off the bench, starting a phenomenon that became known as Linsanity. But the Knicks opted not to match the $25.1 million deal Lin signed with Houston, having already completed a sign...
The Brooklyn Nets star point guard has went against every Knicks fan in New York and said Raymond Felton over Jeremy Lin. Williams made the statement outside of a Nets scrimmage he was unable to partake in because of tendinitis in his foot.
I can go on the record and say I do agree with the Nets captain, but only time will tell-not fortune telling. It is almost hard to argue for...
If anyone knows about Linsanity, it's Brooklyn Nets star Deron Williams.
After all, it was a game against the New York Knicks last Feb. 4 when Jeremy Lin finally broke out and started one of the craziest and most fun phenomenons in New York sports history.
Williams was the man Lin outplayed that night and the rest is sports history or — depending on who you talk to — sports...
Brooklyn Nets star point guard Deron Williams says he may need to require surgery on his left ankle after this season. Williams missed the last two practices due to the practices and the team labels the injury as “left ankle synovitis.”
Williams says he’s been dealing with the injury since the 2012 London Olympics a few months ago.
“It started hurting in the Olympics....
Despite praising Jeremy Lin, Brooklyn Nets floor general Deron Williams contends the New York Knicks upgraded at the point guard position by acquiring Raymond Felton in July. The 24-year-old Lin, who suffered a torn left meniscus in late-March that required … Continue reading →
In a city that cherishes its sports stars, Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets is theoretically in the perfect opportune position to claim the throne and hearts of its citizens.
Patrick Ewing was this city’s last basketball icon. Ewing had the total package, which is talent, heart, and showmanship. Williams is contending with the Knicks organization’s history, not really the...
Chalk one up for Raymond Felton in the “who’s better debate” that seems to have taken over New York ever since the Knicks let Jeremy Lin walk to the Houston Rockets. The surprise opinion comes from new cross town rival Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets. However, let’s not forget that “Linsanity” sprung after Jeremy Lin outplayed Deron Williams in what became the start...
In a new feature at Sports-Kings.com, we will be posting features from our friends over at SBRforum.com
Knicks vs. Nets Player Preview
It’s time to break down the battle of New York as the Knicks and Nets meet up in each team’s regular season opener. There’s bound to be fireworks at the Barclays Center and here are the players you want to keep an eye out for.
The Knicks are an enigma wrapped in a mystery. The Knicks found Jeremy Lin, the man who saved the Knicks season the first time (Carmelo held it down in the final month, but we dislike him), and promptly dropped him. Now, the Knicks seem to be going in this direction where they acquire every veteran in the league, with the hope to acquire a championship. Even with an tumultuous offseason...
A dear friend of The NBA Mistress, @Klew24, a devoted, but cynical New York Knicks fan; he has been gracious enough to contribute a season preview. 2011-12 Results: 36-30, second in Atlantic. Lost in East quarterfinals to Miami. ADDITIONS: G Raymond Felton, G Ronnie Brewer, G Jason Kidd, C Marcus Camby, F Kurt Thomas, F [...]The post 2012-2013 New York Knicks Season Preview appeared...