Feb 11, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd (2) drives past Portland Trail Blazers guard Raymond Felton (5) at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Heels in the Pros: No Kidding, Raymond Felton is the starting point guard for the New York Knicks!

Well, the New York Knicks made a smart decision by bringing back Raymond Felton to Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks’ coach Mike Woodson has  tabbed the former Tar Heel as the starting point guard over Jason Kidd. Now, before you get happy keep in mind that this news does not mean that Felton is better than Kidd. I wrote a piece on starting versus coming off the bench several months ago. Several players, notably Manu Ginobili, James Harden, and Jason Terry, have made a career coming off the bench. All three of them have been very successful doing so.

Jason Kidd prefers to be on the floor during the last six minutes of the game. This upcoming season will mark the first time that Kidd has come off the bench, rather than starting. This may turn out to be a great thing for both Felton and Kidd, because Felton gets to re-build his career. The last time Ray Ray was a Knick, he was averaging 17 points and 9 assists a game. Then, he was dealt to Denver to backup another former Tar Heel, Tywon Lawson. Kidd gets to see the game unfold, by being the sixth man. Expect to see both of these players on the floor at the same time, also. Kidd can guard point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards. Felton played a great deal of shooting guard, while he was a Charlotte Bobcat.

The Knicks seem like they are changing the dynamics of their team. Now, if they could only trade Amare’ Stoudemire. He is not a good fit in New York.

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