I keep reading a lot of folks around here that are tired of Raymond Felton's turnovers. Some have called him a turnover machine. Others have wished for Andre Miller back. I am guilty of it myself. So, for kicks, I just looked up what Andre did for the Blazers last year, and I was kinda shocked.
Did Andre play better defense? Probably. Was he a better scorer? Maybe. But, does he turn the ball over more than Andre? No if you look at Andre's opening 16 games last year with Portland.
Thru 16 games comparing Felton and Andre from last year to this year.
Felton: Total Turnovers 45/16g=2.81 per game
Miller: Total Turnovers 46/16g=2.87 per game
Maybe we are getting ahead of ourself calling out Felton for his turnovers. There are a billion reasons why Miller should have had fewer turnovers out of the gate last year compared to Felton. Here are just a few: Miller had a normal training camp and preseason. Miller wasn't switching teams. Miller had the same group of guys around him. Miller played in a slower offense. Miller didn't have a crazy schedule during the regular season. Of course these are just a few.
In case you were wondering, Miller averaged 13.5 ppg, and 7.4 assist in that opening 16-game stretch. Felton is averaging 11.1, and 7.3 assists.
To be honest, the offensive production these two have given the Blazers thru the same stretch has been brutally similar.