(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — Over the offseason, a lot was made over the New York Knicks decision to let point guard Jeremy Lin sign with the Houston Rockets and bring back Raymond Felton. If you ask Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams though, he thinks the Knicks made the right decision.
The Knicks decided not to match the Houston Rockets offer sheet of three years worth $25.1 million and instead opted to make a sign-and-trade deal with the Portland Trail Blazers to acquire Raymond Felton. While many questioned the move, Williams though does not.
“I would say Raymond Felton is a better point guard than Jeremy Lin, in my opinion,” Williams told reporters. “He is just proven.”
Lin and Linsanity took the NBA by storm when he came out of nowhere to lead the Knicks back to a winning record, and helped them reach the playoffs. While many felt it was a foregone conclusion that he’d be back in New York, it wasn’t meant to be.
Felton played in 54 games with the Knicks during the 2010-2011 season, but was traded to the Denver Nuggets as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal. In those 54 games, Felton averaged 17.1 points and nine assists per game.
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