That title pretty much sums up Raymond Felton’s last season in the NBA. Felton, a nine year veteran, was terribly overweight playing for the Knicks in the 2013-2014 season, and his game reflected it.
After averaging 14 points and almost 7 assists per game, Felton only produced 9.7 points and 5.6 assists per game last season. Off-the-court issues seemingly lead to some on-the-buffet issues. Felton’s play, and waistline, suffered.
When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton was the baggage involved. The Knicks insisted the Mavs take Felton off their hands to complete the trade. What kind of Felton the Mavs get in 2014-2015 remains to be seen, but Felton insists he can still be “an elite point guard”.
“I can still play the game at this level”, said Felton. “I still play as an elite point guard at this level.”
As the Dred Pirate Roberts once said, “I do not think that word [elite] means what you think it means.”
Clearly not many people consider, or have ever considered, Raymond Felton an elite point guard. But once upon a time, he was pretty darn good. That’s the kind of player the Mavs hope they get this season, and that’s the player Felton is determined to be.
If Felton is the bum from last year the Mavs will be in trouble. They walk a dangerous line with only the oft-injured Devin Harris available as a reliable option at the point. If Felton returns to his former self (circa 2010-2011) then the Mavs may have found a bargain.
It really just depends on Felton.
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