Ray Felton vs Ty Lawson 2.0
Updated: February 23, 2011, 10:31 PM ET
Ray Felton's agent, Nuggets GM to meet
"I really want to clarify with him that Raymond is not going to be a backup," said Tony Dutt, Felton's agent.
With Chauncey Billups going to New York as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade, George Karl has said Ty Lawson will be the Nuggets' starting point guard. That would seem to put Felton, who is having the best season of his six-year career, in a reserve role, which would understandably not sit well with him.
But Dutt said other GMs around the league have told him the Nuggets have resisted trade inquiries for Felton by saying they intend to use him as a starter.
Dutt said he would not demand or ask for a trade if Ujiri tells him Felton will not start, partly because he doesn't want Felton to be a disruption to the team and partly because some of the clubs interested in Felton -- such as New Jersey and Atlanta -- have already made trades for point guards.
Ujiri, who said he is meeting with the agents of all the new players he acquired, said he intends to keep Felton for the remainder of the season. He would not, however, discuss whether or not Felton will start.
Relieved to have finally completed this season-long odyssey with Anthony, Ujiri made light of the situation, saying it's Karl's call as to who will start.
"My job was to bring two North Carolina NCAA championship point guards together," Ujiri said in a text message. "The rest is George's headache."
Part of Denver's interest in Felton was as a potential trade chip since he's having a strong year and has only one season left on his contract. But that will most likely have to wait until the June draft or during the summer.
"Raymond just wants to play," Dutt said. "At the same time, he understands Denver wanting to develop Ty. But if they were looking for a backup point guard, they should have moved Raymond."
Chris Broussard is a senior NBA writer for ESPN The Magazine.
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I took notice that Lawson played well without the ball when he & Billups were on the court at the same time. I think it would not be a problem if George Karl played both Felton & Lawson in the backcourt at the same time. Lawson has improved his perimeter shot & can knock down the 3 ball.
I like Lawson personally. Hes a more efficient player (shoots 50% and 40%3Pt) and takes care of the ball better. Felton is probably the more dominant scorer tho, but I like Lawson's PG skills better considering he's younger.
i really think they shud have moved felton at the deadline, even if it wasn't fair market value....it's just ANOTHER distraction they're going to have to deal with and he has what, 2 years left on his deal. and dude prolly doesn't want to play the mentor role. and chandler is GONE if he doesn't start, why wud he hang around Denver when he could start almost anywhere else
Do I think Ray is the better player now? yes. Do I think Ty will become the better player and soon? yes.
Ray Felton is the better player right now let's not get Lawsons efficiency confused with Feltons all around production and leadership. Lawson's efficient scoring would not be the same if he had to handle the PG duties all year without Billups. I think Lawson will be the better PG in time and honestly think Lawson may be the fastest player in the league with the ball in his hands.
But Ray Felton just barely missed making the All Star team this year, and I am willing to bet that if Lawson was the Knicks PG this year, that not only would he of not came close to making the All Star team but the Knicks would not of been the 5th seed.
What Lawson will eventually be able to do better then Felton is shoot. Lawson should become a better a shooter and possibly a smarter player, but Felton has more knowledge and experience then Lawson right now, and is probably the better passer too.
The Nuggets should start Felton the rest of the year while giving Lawson huge minutes, and then trade Felton in the off season. This scenario would work out perfect for both parties.
"I really want to clarify with him that raymond is not going to be a backup."
And what are you gonna do if karl doesnt start him? Be really sad about it? Hold out and not get paid?
They are on the cpurt tpgether right now and looking good.
Feltons stats, and Lawsons stats are horrible tonight but they provided gritty defense.how about Galinari. 1 for 6 from the field ouch.
Yeah, who would have though Gallo's first bucket as a Nugget out of 6 attempts would be a dunk?
Well Felton played the whole 4th quarter while Lawson only played about 4 minutes in the 4th.
While the game was still close Felton the ball in his hands and had them hands in most of the key plays for the Nuggets down the stretch in the 4th. With about 3 minutes to go Karl put Lawson out there with Felton never taking Felton out and had Lawson bring the ball up a few times to initiate the offense but the ball found it's way to Feltons hands eventually.
Lawon and Felton both had terrible shooting nights only scoring 4 points a piece while Lawon had 10 assists, and Felton had 6.
The BIG DIFFERENCE was that Felton had all 4 of his points in the 4th and most of his assists in the fourth as well. Felton also was a +15 while Lawson was a +12. Once again Felton played the whole fourth while Lawons only played a few minutes in the 4th therefore Felton played more productive minutes when it mattered the most.
It's not hard to tell by watching the first game who Karl trust more with the ball while the game is on the line. If Lawson was ever going to get more minutes in the 4th or more minutes period you think it would be during Feltons first game in the uniform but that did not happen, and the Nuggets won.
Expect Felton to pick up the offense quickly and continue to get more and bigger minutes for the Nuggets. They still look like a playoff team, so Felton's veteran leadership is going to be invaluable down the stretch.
Also they said during the broadcasts that Roy Williams spent time in Chapel Hill during the ASW break and talked to Coach Roy Williams about both PG's and how to best utilize them and what they're strengths and weakness's were. The unique thing about the sitation is that both PG"s have such a close style of play that the Nuggets can keep the same frentic style of play regardless who is playing the point.
Actually Felton only has next year guaranteed on his deal, the following year is a team option. This year only about 25 games left, I would rather have Felton he's a better defender and showed what he can do in an uptempo offense surrounded by some offensive talent in NY. He knows how to run the team and improved his scoring and shooting as well. Watching Rondo one of the smaller PG's in the league post up Lawson that can't be a good sign. Lawson does have more upside and he's younger, maybe they let him start the rest of the season and move Felton in the offseason. The Nuggets have a lot of options they are a pretty deep team. Not sure why they didn't trade Chandler or Harrington before the deadline they have a surplus of Forwards.
Alone they are not elite point guards yet... but together they are the best point guard rotation in the league. both fast paced high tempo guards. Felton is the stronger of the two and probably overall the better of the two. Lawson is the better shooter and a more crafty player.
If Tony is able to convince Masai and consequently Coach Karl to start Felton then I might just take Felton off the trade block for my fantasy team. I am not happy about the benching of Felton. I gt him in a trade at the beginning of the season because I knew he was going to have a great season. Sitting on the bench and being used in a tie share with 2nd year PG Ty Lawson is not what I expected. I guess this just goes to show you how PG friendly Mike Dantoni's system is.
No you have to be a great PG to succeed in D'Antoni's offense look at Chris Duhon. Felton and Nash are really the only 2 PG"s I can remember ever excelling in that system.
And did anybody watch the game last night? The Nuggets look like the funnest team in the NBA that dunk have crazy dunkers or Superstars. They also look like a surefire playoff team that is going to be scary to play at home they play at 200mph all game. They are also 2 deep at every position.
The Nuggets couldn't trade Harrington and I honestly don't know why they ever signed him. I never thought he was a good fit on that team especially with Melo there because they need some defense from somebody.
There was a play last night where Chandler cut from the wing and Harrington threw it out of bounds and the announcers started saying that's what happens when you don't know the plays and Chandler cut when he wasn't suppose too. But you could see how mad Chandler was and they played together for a few years on the Knicks so they know each other's games, or you would think, and it got me wondering if Harrington didn't just mess up as compared to Chandler not knowing the play. Because regardless you should never throw the ball to a teammate that is not looking like Harrington just did and thats why Chandler was mad.
Chandler doesn't get mad, he rarely shows emotion.
Ty Lawson has been one of the most underated players in all of basketball for a while now. His Junior year at North Carolina, he had one of the highest PER ratings ever in college basketball. He has been great in the league so far, just stuck behind Billups.
If Denver wants to push the tempo, they can play Felton and Lawson together for stretches. They have to move somebody though. Afflalo, Smith, Felton, Gallo, Chandler are too many players at 2 spots who command minutes. Thats the problem with the Melo trade, they got Quantity over quality.
Denver has several tradable commodities in the offseason though, and can probably make a package for a lottery pick or for a really good player. Smith, Chandler, Gallo, Mosgov, Felton are all movable and have a market.