Raymond Felton: A little bit about the new guy!
Born: June 26th, 1984 in Marion, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 205 lbs
NBA Draft: 5th pick in 2005 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats
Years Pro: 5
College: North Carolina (2002-2005)
Position: Point Guard
Raymond Felton was born on June 26th, 1984 in Marion, South Carolina. He attended Latta High School in South Carolina where he was able to lead his team to two state championships. During his junior and senior years, Felton won the South Carolina Mr. Basketball award and was awarded the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award. Along with these awards, he was also the MVP of the Roundball Classic (2002) and was part of the 2002 McDonald’s All-American team. Although if you didn’t think Felton was busy enough with basketball, he also played baseball, ran track, played football while maintaining his place on the High School All-State Academic Team.
After being a busy and successful student/player in high school, Raymond Felton had no intentions to slow down. He soon became a Tarheel at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. (note: UNC is like Harvard for students, it’s the place to be if you’re a great basketball player with incredible talent! UNC also has a major reputation for basketball and of course we ALL know that Michael Jordan played here…so basically it is a bad ass school!). During Felton’s freshman year, he received the Carolina Player of the Year. During his sophomore year, he received the Naismith College Player of the Year Award and he was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (which is another bad ass award given to the BEST college point guards in the country). During Felton’s Junior Year at UNC (his last), he helped lead his Tarheels to the 2005 National Championship! Along with this championship, Felton averaged of 12.9 points a game and had 6.9 assists per game. Because he had a breakthrough junior year, he received the Bob Cousy Award and was voted to the All-ACC First Team. At this point in college, Felton had to choose between staying and finishing his college career or enter the NBA draft. This was a clear and easy choice to make for any high-profile college basketball player who wins a NCAA Championship… ENTER THE NBA DRAFT why of course!
Felton was the 5th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft; he was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats. He averaged 11.9 points/3.3 rebounds/5.6 assists during his rookie season and he was voted to the All-NBA Rookie Second Team. Over the past few years, Felton has earned more playing time and is currently ranked #7 in the NBA for Assists and Steals per game. After playing for the Charlotte Bobcats for 3 years, Felton became a free-agent on July 1st, 2010. He was traded to the New York Knicks, where he was able to re-energize his NBA career (note: New York Knicks weren’t too happy when he was traded to the Nuggets, he was having one heck of a season…and is still reinventing himself as one of the best point guards in the League!). Felton was a co-captain, alongside Amare Stoudemire, for the New York Knicks. Most recently, Felton was traded to the Denver Nuggets (which of course sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Knicks). So far, Felton has given the Nuggets a huge BOOST! Even though he is not the starting point guard (Ty Lawson still maintains the starting position), he comes off the bench with intensity and aggressiveness. I can’t wait to see what Felton has in store for Denver!! I’ve never been this excited about the Denver Nuggets as I am now! Thank you New York for giving us your players, they have definitely revitalized our team!!
Quote I like from an interview of his:
Raymond Felton: “I would describe my game as a greedy person…I’m a hard worker… I’m a competitor…I’m gonna bring it every night…I’m a guy that will do anything to win.”