Draft Retrospective: Raymond Felton

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The Pro


Felton spent his first five years in the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats. During a strong rookie season, Felton averaged 12 points and 5.5 assists, was named Rookie of the Month three times, and was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team.

He upped his scoring and assist numbers over the next four years, while steadily improving his jump shot (39% FG his rookie year, 45% FG year five). In his fifth year, Felton teamed up with Tyson Chandler to lead the Bobcats into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

The following summer, Felton signed a two-year agreement to join the New York Knicks. He became an instant hit with the fans and formed a lethal pick-and-roll duo with the Knicks' big summer addition, Stoudemire -- Felton's his old teammate from the McDonald’s All-American game.

Felton's first stint with New York would be brief, as the Knicks set their sights on Carmelo Anthony and the recently-signed point guard would head to Denver. After 54 games, Felton was averaging 17 points per game and 9 assists per game.

Felton’s career has come full circle. Reunited with former teammates Chandler and Stoudemire, Felton is also back with his other McDonald's teammate, Carmelo Anthony. Today, they form the foundation of the New York Knicks as they chase their first championship since 1973. Felton has won titles in high school and college. Next goal is to win one in the pros.

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