Raymond Felton is a veteran point guard who played his first five seasons in the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats. He was drafted in 2005 after winning the National Championship at North Carolina. He was selected in the first round with the 5th overall pick.
Everyone knew that Felton was going to have a great career when he scored 31 points against the Suns as a rookie. His rookie season was quite successful as he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. His best game came against the Wizards when he scored 18 points and recorded 13 assists.
The next five years of his career would be spent there before he left as a free agent to the New York Knicks. He signed a two year deal with the Knicks worth $15.8 million. His time in New York didn’t last long as he was traded to the Denver Nuggets during his first year with the Knicks. Felton was on pace to have the best season of his entire career with New York.
Denver was the start of Felton’s career coming off of the bench. He helped the Nuggets reach the playoffs in 2011. They faced the Thunder in the first round and ultimately lost that series. He averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game. At the end of the season, Felton expressed that he was frustrated to be coming off the bench behind Ty Lawson.
The next summer on draft night he was traded to the Portland Trailblazers. Portland was the location in which Felton’s career started to taper off a bit. He averaged a career low 11.4 points per game. He played only one season there before returning to the Knicks in 2012. After playing two more seasons in New York, he went to Dallas, and then to the Clippers last season. In total, Felton has played for seven teams over the last seven years.
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed Raymond Felton on July 10th of this year. Felton has finally accepted his role as a bench player, and has started to thrive there. He has averaged 12.4 points per game over the course of his career. Felton will bring even more experience to this veteran Thunder team. His ability to lead the second unit will allow Russell Westbrook to get solid rest when needed.
The Thunder will now have a guy that they can rely on to play the back up point guard position. Oklahoma City hasn’t had a solid back up point guard since Reggie Jackson. Having great shooters around him, Felton could have his best season in recent years. It will be interesting to see how Felton plays with this Thunder team in just two days.
Article written by Craig Hofeld. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram.