Could this effect the rest of Felton’s career?
Police arrested New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton early Tuesday morning after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman (his girlfriend), sources said. Felton’s wife Ariane Felton, who recently filed for divorce, was also questioned at the 20th Precinct Station House on the Upper West Side, according to law-enforcement sources. Regardless of the situation that took place last night the Knicks should have traded him before the trade deadline. Raymond Felton is a decent player but he is arguably the worst starting point guard in the NBA this season. This is going to be tough to follow for Knicks fans and is very unfortunate for Felton but this incident shouldn’t hurt the Knicks very much. As far as the basketball court, the only terrible thing is that the Knicks didn’t receive anything for him. Felton is averaging a career low 10.4 ppg, while his season averages for rebounds and assists are below his career average at 3.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. Felton will play Thursday against the Heat, however if he’ll finish the season or not is yet to be determined.
Marcus Smart Delivers in First Game Back
If Oklahoma St. wants to make a valid push towards NCAA Tournament they must win out and perform well in a very tough Big 12 tournament. Smart helps keep hope alive with 16pts, 10asts, 6 stls and also added 2 blocks as he helps stop the dreadful 7 game losing streak. The Cowboys are currently 17-10 (5-9 conf.) and a 22-10 (10-9 conf.) finish in the best conference in the country should be enough to punch their March Madness ticket. Smart made conference history his first game back from suspension with double-digit points, assist and 5 or more steals. If Smart could overcome the adverse situation successfully this season his name may stay amongst the top names on the NBA draft board.
Should there be a system in place for troubled fans?
Marcus Smart was a possible first overall pick to begin the season then after a mid season slump Smart dropped to the first guard to be chosen in most scouts eyes. Now, after kicking a chair on his bench after a four-point play against West Virginia and pushing a fan during a crucial point in a game versus Texas Tech Marcus Smart may have dropped a bit further. The Cowboys were down two points with seconds remaining when Smart chased down an open slam dunk attempt that sent him flying into the crowd. While being helped to his feet a fan apparently said something that rubbed Smart the wrong way, which led to a two hand shove by the All-American. This could very well be a million dollar mistake by the super sophomore. Many players in the past have gone later in the draft due to behavior or off the court issues. Smart must be smarter!
Reggie Jackson is getting the job done.
Reggie Jackson is performing at a very high level. Jackson has helped aid Oklahoma City to become the hottest team in the league right now with 10 straight wins (Blazers, Heat, Spurs and Warriors). Most importantly, Jackson has brought out the best Kevin Durant we have ever seen. Is there any correlation of Durant putting up ridiculous numbers while Russell Westbrook has been sidelined? Kevin Durant was averaging 28.1 with Westbrook and he has averaged a whooping 37.4 with Jackson running the show. Jackson has run a great campaign to become a starting point guard in the league with 15pts and 5ast since Westbrook ‘s injury. The Thunder are spending 13.4 million less for Reggie Jackson’s services. If he continues to bring out the best KD he could get the Thunders vote.
Buckeyes Need Craft to be Crafty
Aaron Craft is a great leader who leads a talented team, however this is Craft’s first time without a dominant post player. The guard who is often labeled the best college level leader or floor general seems to be indecisive on where to go with the ball during key possessions. Craft is averaging the most turnovers of his college career this season. Ohio St. has now lost 4 of their last 5 games. Craft needs to find a way to be more aggressive on the offensive end if he wants to help his Buckeyes turnaround this season gone sour. It doesn’t help that Ohio St. plays in the Big Ten, which is one of the top two conferences in college basketball. Ohio St. still has time to turn things around but it falls on the shoulders of Aaron Craft.
Kevin “Yogi” Farrell
Yogi Farrell leading his unranked (12-5) Indiana Hoosiers in taking down the undefeated #3 Wisconsin Badgers is deserving of the QB of the week award. The sophomore sensation dropped in 25 pts and added 4 asts against the Badgers in the 72-75 win. Ferrell is averaging 18pts and 4ast on the season. Ferrell will try to duplicate his performance against one of the premier point guards in Keith Appling and the #4 ranked Michigan St Spartans.
Nadir Tharpe was runner up for Shout Out of the Week as he led the Kansas Jayhawks to victories over #8 Iowa St and #9 Oklahoma St. Tharpe averaged 22 pts, 5rebs, 5asts during lasts weeks tough home stand.
Syracuse is every-bit as good as they were last year with Tyler Ennis at the QB. The freshman doesn’t rattle under pressure situations and plays with the poise of an upper-classmen. Ennis has quietly placed himself amongst the top 5 freshmen in the country category. Ennis and the Orangeman are playing in the ACC now, so we can’t just copy and paste their conference finish from a year ago, which would have been fairly easy to do if they were still in the Big East, however if the Orangeman are able to be placed in a fortunate bracket come March they can very well make a deep run in the tournament much like last year’s team. Last year, Michael Carter-Williams led the way for Syracuse averaging 11.9pts 7.3ast and 2.8stls a game last season as a sophomore while shooting just 39% from the field. At this point in the season MCW’s predecessor in Ennis has his team undefeated and is averaging 11.6pts, 5.5ast and 2.7stls with a 41FG% as a true freshman. Tyler Ennis is for real.