I would agree that Nelson is far better than Felton, but I wanted three guys to compare. Ford is not far better than Felton, and I think Harris and Felton are pretty close. Looking at the 30 starting points in the league, I thought these three are the closest to Felton. Who would you substitute for comparison sake?
Harris put up 21 ppg last year on an equally offensively incompetent team. Ford was far better than Felton when he was awarded that contract.
For comparisons sake, try Chris Duhon. Similar stat line and a lot smarter player. He got 6 mil a year from NYK last year.
I think 6 mil a year is close to what Felton is worth. The problem with valuing Felton is that 1) he improved so much last year, is it possible that he could make a comparable leap next year?; 2) his shot selection is terrible and I doubt he will ever become a good shooter, but will his shot selection improve; and 3) just how dependent is he on Boris Diaw, take a look at his stats pre the Diaw trade and they aren't impressive?
I like some things Felton brings to the table. He was a much better player last year with LB coaching him. He is tough as nails and his teammates seem to like him. I just don't think he is worth overpaying when you have the sweet shooting and smarter DJ Augustine (possibly AI as well) waiting in the wings.