The reserves were announced for the NBA all-star teams on Thursday night and Raymond Felton was not on the list of East all-stars. The Knicks guard knew this afternoon, well before the official announcement.
The East reserves included four Celtics -- Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett -- as well as Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and Al Horford. The reserves were selected by the East coaches, who chose to go with Rondo, Allen and Johnson as the reserve guards.
"The last couple of games, maybe 10 games, I've kind of been struggling a little bit from the field," Felton said. "I feel like I still been doing my job as a point guard, running the team and making things happen. Sometimes a lot of those [all-star] situations come from numbers. If you don't have the numbers, you don't get selected."
Felton actually can go back through the entire month of January to explain where his all-star status disappeared. After putting up huge numbers in December -- 17.8 points, 10.2 assists in 13 games, shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 33.3 from three-point range -- Felton's stats came crashing to earth in January, when he averaged 15.5 points, 8.7 assists and shot just 37.3 percent from the field and 29 percent from downtown in 15 games.
In his defense, Felton has been playing with various injuries, such as an undisclosed issue with his left (non-shooting) hand since late December and a high-ankle sprain he suffered in early January.
Still, Felton's performance with the Knicks, especially when the team was at a season-high seven games over .500 after defeating the Trail Blazers on Jan. 11, was being noticed throughout the league from star players such as Kobe Bryant, who raved about the Knicks' signing. And all three of TNT's main studio personalities, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley, picked Felton as an all-star reserve.
“I definitely thought Raymond Felton should be a part of [All-Star] because you look at Amar’e Stoudemire; a lot of people questioned if he would do as well as he’s doing without Steve Nash," TNT analyst Chris Webber said. "But [Felton] has come in and not only has he played well in New York but look at how [his former team] Charlotte is doing without him.”
Fetlon said he'll take the consideration as a compliment.
"Just the recognition of them considering me for all-star shows I'm getting a little bit of respect as a point guard, so that says a lot right there," Felton said. "But I'm still young. I've got a long way to go."
It is possible that Felton could be a late addition as an injury replacement. Those selections are chosen by David Stern.