I agree with everything you said
First off, i did back flips when Felton was drafted. As a Tarheel fan i "thought" that was the best draft ever. Three years later it's questionable.
The knock on Felton is he's more of a shooting or combo guard then a pure point. Having watch Felton in college and the NBA i know Felton is not a good shooter, Never has been. He's at his best on the fast break and pick-n-rolls. But setting up the offense isn't really what he does best. He was a forced scorer in all his NBA years because the Bobcats have never had a go to threat till J-Rich. Felton shoot 41% from the field and 28% from 3 point land. Alot of the time it seems like he's trying to bully his way onto the score board.
The common thought about DJ is he is a pass first point guard but to little for the NBA. If you have a good enough memory you will know that the Charlotte Franchises have never been shy about playing short guards. ( Mugsy, Brevin Knight, Earl Boykins ) All played many yrs in the league with some success. DJ brings more to the table at this point then Felton. He's a good passer, has good court vision and knows how to run an offensive pick -n-roll. He's a far better allround shooter then Felton. And might just be a better on court leader. DJ won the Cousy award for nations best point guard as a sophmore. He was also a finalist for the Nasmith & Wooden awards. I think Felton should start this year and maybe even next depending on how DJ's rookie year goes. But DJ is our Future and i'm looking forward to your opinions......
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Last edited by Ghost Kat; 07-31-2008 at 09:09 PM.
I agree with everything you said
If Ray doesn't curb some his shoot first urges and doesn't play the way that LB wants the PG position to be played, then I could see it happening around midseason.
I'd give it about a 30% chance of something like that happening this season.
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Im a Carolina Felton fan and didn't like the D.J. pick at all . I wanted us to go with Bayless. With that being said i could see us leting Felton go as early as any day now.I think Charlotte drafted DJ thinking he will be the long term starter.
But i will be pulling for Felton to keep DJ on the beanch for the next ten years.
Kind of like a lot of you Morrison fans.
I saw some great signs from Felts to close out last season. It's easy to remember the bad things he did and the stats showed that his shooting was off, but there was an obvious improvement.
He wasn't getting himself caught too deep and stuck under the back board with his drives. He seriously limited the circus shots. He initiated the break and rewarded guys who run the court hard.
And he did all of this while playing under an idiot as a head coach.
It he didn't show that basic improvement to close out the season I would say that Dj had a good chance of bumping him by mid season, but from what I saw over the last couple of months of last season, we still have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Felts can bring us.
I'm looking at him for the MiP award next season.
I think he will thrive under LB - more than anyone else. He's a coaches player who plays to please and would have immense respect for LB.
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As a fellow Tar Heel i couldn't dismiss Ray so quicky so i didn't want to say DJ would over take him by mid season. And i agree Felton has improved some and Larry Brown will make him better. But he will make DJ better too. Raymond since being in the NBA has had two sub par coaches who may have mis taught him on the fundamentals of NBA point guard life. DJ getting Larry Brown as his first NBA coach,plus wanting to prove he's big enough for the NBA will have more to start the season with. The two of them playing together, atleast for the first year helps DJ. There's not so much pressure for him to lead so early in his career. Plus having DJ as a back means there is no fall off in the offense. I've seen to many back ups come in and ruin the flow of the game.
I think we will see everyone playing much much better this year with a real coach coaching the team, LB knows BB and he knows how to get the best out of his players, so the Felts vs DJ thing will depend on who catches on to LB's system the quickest and who gets the job done LB's way. Just my opinion...
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Well said Slam. And that was right after the time it was reported that the team had pretty much starting ignoring the Idiot and went to playing their own way.
Felts had Bernie and the Idiot playing him at the 2, but DJ had Barnes playing HIM at the 2 as well. I imagine both players are going to have to re-learn some things.
I think DJ is a good passer, but what exactly makes you say he's "pass first" since he demonstrated everything but that last year at Texas and in SL? In both instances he looked for his shot for the most part. Media hype? Going back to the Durant year? Felts was much more a "pass first" PG in college than DJ was.
I like DJ, but as I've said all along I think some fans are setting themselves up for disappointment. He's got a LOT of work to do. I think he'll progress and will eventually be a very good PG, but don't kid yourself on where he is now vs. where he needs to be.
BTW...you know another player on the Bobcats won the Bob Cousy award too right?
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D.J. has a great feel for the game and never loses his poise but he won't be taking feltons spot anytime soon. Felton is already a good point gaurd, not great, but good. D.J. will have some trouble on defense.