Carolina Blue to Powder Blue

Posted by Ryan Rush | Saturday, April 02, 2011 | 0 comments »

The former stars at the University of North Carolina in Ty Lawson (2006-09) and Raymond Felton (2002-05) are now the No. 1 and No. 2 point guards on the Denver Nuggets roster.

Lawson and Felton have led the new-look Nuggets to a 14-4 record (46-29 overall) since Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks for Felton and a few other players.

The starting guard, Lawson has been tremendous in filling the shoes of the hometown kid in Chauncey Billups, who was also shipped to New York in the blockbuster deal. Lawson has led the team in scoring in five of their team's 14 wins since the trade, while also making sure everyone on the team touched the ball.

He averages 14.3 ppg and 7.0 apg since becoming the lead-guard. His substitute, Felton has also done a good job by fitting himself into the rotation in his 15 games of action with his new ball club. Felton averages 10.8 ppg and 6.6 apg (15.7 ppg and 8.5 apg overall) since coming to Denver.  

The former national champions, Lawson (won in 2009) and Felton (won in 2005), combine for 25 ppg and 14 apg since stepping onto the court together as teammates in Denver. They both are proven leaders, and George Karl should feel pretty happy and comfortable with knowing that he has two reliable point guards to choose from as the Nuggets continue their excellent play en route to eventually claiming the fifth playoff spot in the West standings.