The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that the team officially has signed guard Raymond Felton.
Felton is expected to play a backup role at the point to Chris Paul. His addition gives coach Doc Rivers multiple backcourt options off the bench, as the team already has quality reserves Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford.
The veteran Felton provides extra insurance in the event an aging Paul or Crawford become injured during the season.
Felton, 32, joins the Clippers after spending the last season with the Dallas Mavericks, where he averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 80 games (31 starts). The South Carolina native appeared in five playoff games (four starts) for the Mavericks last season, averaging 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
The 11-year NBA veteran holds career averages of 12.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 776 games (646 starts) with the Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Mavericks. He was named NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2006.
Although not the most athletic player, Felton can run an offense, has decent size, and can get streaky from behind the arc.
Felton was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats with the 5th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft from the University of North Carolina, where he became the first player in Tar Heels history to total 1,000 points, 600 assists, 300 rebounds, 150 steals and 100 3-pointers. In three years at UNC, Felton averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.9 assists.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com