Naturally, Felton catches loads of chit from different posters and is scapegoated, despite the fact that he has been as clutch and DURABLE as anyone on the team since he has been here. The coaches have lived and died with him more, b/c other guys have shied from the moment and he has been willing to step up. He DEFINITELY can try to do too much, but the idea that he just bombs them out of games is beyond exaggerated. He's had poor moments (as all the Bobcats have), but has had plenty of strong moments too if one looks objectively. Since he has been here, the 82games.com clutch winning percentage he has had has been 1 or 2 on the team each year.
As to the buzzer beater jumpers (which NO pg wants to take as they KILL your fg percentage--ask Felton) oddly enough, when Wallace doesn't play, we don't have as many long buzzer beating jumpshots at the end of the shot clock b/c our offense has more of a flow and jumpshots that are setup don't get passed up. Furthermore, Dudley and Carroll pitch the ball if they don't have anything instead of helping the clock run down like Gerald can be prone to do in looking for an isolation play. And to the poster who mentioned that the Bobcats improved b/c of dropping McInnis, that was a BIG part of it. But still in that post-Touche time, they were better without Wallace.
In the 25 games after cutting Touche and putting Felton back predominantly at point they went:
13-12 overall; 13 games with Wallace and 12 without Wallace
8-4 withOUT Wallace
The offense averaged 106.8 pts; "Questionable decision maker, playmaker and offense runner" Raymond Felton averaged 9.8 assists with a 3.2/1 A/T ratio
5-8 with Wallace
The offense averaged 96.5 pts; Felton averaged 7.3 assists/game with a 2.7/1 A/T ratio.
Now folks can pin are halfcourt problems on Felton not being able to run a team if they choose. But as I continue to point out, the #1 issue has been NOT ENOUGH SHOOTING on the court to compliment the playmaker and the wrong mix of skills to form a cohesive unit. You don't run a smooth halfcourt offense without these. You don't have pgs who appear to be "great decision makers" without guys around them who can make the most fundamental and simple play in basketball. SHOOTING.
Again, this is why the offense ran better without Wallace. If he can simply perfect the corner 3 and make his offense more efficient in the jabstep, make a move or pass the ball mode, the team will be better off. The isolation play is what the poster was talking about in saying that he felt as though Wallace had to play as the man. Who knows if that is his actual psyche, but I think he was talking about style of play and domination of the ball. I think if harnessed Gerald can be as great a player for the TEAM as he is for the FANS.